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Performing Judicial Authority in the Lower Courts

  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
  • Kathy Mack

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 1-14
  3. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 15-29
  4. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 30-56
  5. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 57-87
  6. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 88-111
  7. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 112-136
  8. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 137-162
  9. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack
    Pages 163-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-228

About this book

Introduction

Judicial authority is constituted by everyday practices of individual judicial officers, balancing the obligations of formal law and procedure with the distinctive interactional demands of lower courts. Performing Judicial Authority in the Lower Courts draws on extensive original, independent empirical data to identify different ways judicial officers approach and experience their work. It theorizes the meanings of these variations for the legitimate performance of judicial authority. 

The central theoretical and empirical finding presented in this book is the incomplete fit between conventional norms of judicial performance, emphasizing detachment and impersonality, and the practical, day-to-day judicial work in high volume, time-pressured lower courts. Understanding the judicial officer as the crucial link between formal abstract law, the legal institution of the court and the practical tasks of the courtroom, generates a more complete theory of judicial legitimacy which includes the manner in which judicial officers present themselves and communicate their decisions in court.

Keywords

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Authors and affiliations

  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
    • 1
  • Kathy Mack
    • 2
  1. 1.Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Judicial Research ProjectFlinders Law SchoolAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Professor of Law, Judicial Research ProjectFlinders Law SchoolAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52159-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52158-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52159-0
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