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Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies

Performing Judicial Authority in the Lower Courts

Authors: Roach Anleu, Sharyn, Mack, Kathy

  • A highly original, detailed empirical study of the lower courts
  • Interdisciplinary approach will appeal to a wide variety of academic disciplines
  • Authors are well known internationally
  • Subject is one of academic and general interest
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Sharyn Roach Anleu is is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor in the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She has published widely on sociology of law, deviance and social control, and gender in the legal profession.

Kathy Mack is an Emerita Professor in the Flinders Law School at Flinders University, Australia. She is the author of a monograph, book chapters and articles on alternative dispute resolution, and articles on legal education and evidence. With her co-author, Sharyn Roach Anleu, she has also conducted empirical research involving plea negotiations.

Reviews

“The book is very well written, clearly organised and remarkably free of jargon and legalise. Hence, it would be readily accessible not only to students, lawyers, researchers and judicial officers themselves, but also to general readers. … For those of a more scholarly bent, a detailed description of the methodology is included in an appendix.” (Margaret Thornton, Flinders Law Journal, Vol. 19, 2017)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Lower Courts, Judicial Officers, and Legitimacy

    Anleu, Sharyn Roach (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Lower Courts

    Anleu, Sharyn Roach (et al.)

    Pages 15-29

  • Everyday Work in the Lower Courts

    Anleu, Sharyn Roach (et al.)

    Pages 30-56

  • Judicial Attitudes toward Everyday Work

    Anleu, Sharyn Roach (et al.)

    Pages 57-87

  • Time Management

    Anleu, Sharyn Roach (et al.)

    Pages 88-111

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52159-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $100.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52158-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Judicial Authority in the Lower Courts
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52159-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52159-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52158-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 234
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