Using Comics to Communicate Legal Contract Cancellation

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Botes, Marietjie (2017)
  • Publisher: Open Library of Humanities
  • Journal: The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship (issn: 2048-0792, eissn: 2048-0792)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.16995/cg.100
  • Subject: PN1-6790 | contract visualisation | legal comics | Literature (General) | comics | pre-owned vehicles | survey | NC1-1940 | contract law, contract visualisation, comics | comics; contract visualisation; legal comics; survey; pre-owned vehicles | Drawing. Design. Illustration

This article investigates how comics can be used to adequately communicate the correct process of contract cancellation and whether comics can enhance understanding of the legal process. A survey of pre-owned vehicle buyers of various levels of education in Pretoria, South Africa found that when comics are used to communicate contract cancellation, a significant increase in the comprehension of the legal cancellation process occurs. The results may influence how contracting parties may choose to communicate complex legal issues in future, specifically to consumers with little formal education or when parties are confronted with severe language barriers, which is highly relevant in a country such as South Africa with eleven official languages and generally low levels of education. The article argues that representatives tasked with explaining contractual content to contracting parties should consider making use of comics to aid them in their communication process to ensure proper understanding and execution of terms and conditions, which in turn may lead to fewer disputes and avoid expensive litigation.
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