The term judicial opinion can be a misnomer as rarely are judges’ true feelings on legal issues and the work they do made available to the public. Judges are constrained when writing decisions to follow the law and leave personal commentary aside. Through a series of revealing interviews, this book gathers empirical data from judges and justices from different legal systems to provide a scintillating look at how they view their jobs and cope with difficult legal matters.
Interviews are conducted according to strict guidelines with a standardized format for consistency. Each chapter begins by describing the region and its style of judicial governance. This is followed by an interview with a judge or justice in the particular jurisdiction. They discuss their careers, personal judicial philosophies, the problems and successes they’ve experienced, and how theory influences practice in their jurisdiction. Many also discuss transnational relations and several chapters include glossaries that explain unfamiliar terms and acronyms. Each chapter concludes with the interviewer’s assessment and observations. This structure allows readers to easily compare the views of judges and to see the similarities, the differences, and the uniqueness of the different legal models and systems.
Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, Volume Two is the seventh publication in the Interviews with Global Leaders in Policing, Courts, and Prisons series. The broad-based coverage of varying viewpoints in this text encourages a great breadth of understanding of global justice.
Ghana: Ghanaian Judicial System; Gerald Dapaah Gyamfi and Brian S. Akrong
Nigeria: Judicial System of Ebonyi State, Nigeria; Oko Elechi and Smart E. Otu
Asia and Australasia
Australia: Australian Criminal Justice System; Jane Delahunty and Tracy Green
Australia: Interview with the Honourable James Wood AO QC, New South Wales Supreme Court Judge;
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Legal System; Alison Lui
New Zealand: New Zealand Legal System; Emma Davies
Serbia: Serbian Legal System; Branislav Simonović
Slovakia: Slovakian Legal System; Pavol Kopinec
United Kingdom: UK Legal System; David Lowe
United Kingdom: Interview with His Honor David Harris QC, District Court Judge; Anna Carline and Clare Gunby
United Kingdom: Interview with Recorder Leslie Cuthbert (Fee-Paid Judge Specialized in Criminal Law), England’s South Eastern Circuit; Gavin Oxburgh
United States: U.S. Legal System; Peter C. Kratcoski, Blake M. Randol, and Lauren M. Block
United States: U.S. Legal System; Blake M. Randol and Lauren M. Block
United States: Interview with Judge Anthony "Rex" Gabbert, Appellate Judge, Western District of State of Missouri; Michael T. Eskey and Michael T. Eskey Jr.
United States: Interview with Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb, Judicial Circuit of Illinois; Cara Rabe-Hemp
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