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NCJ Number: 118910 Find in a Library
Title: Judicial Selection: The Cross Evolution of French and American Practices
Author(s): M L Volcansek; J L Lafon
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 168
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Publication Number: ISBN 0-313-26013-3
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book considers the evolution of judicial organizations and judicial selection mechanisms in two distinct Western Political cultures, French and American.
Abstract: Debates on the best method for selecting judges are ongoing in legal, editorial, and academic circles. The issues revolve around preferences for judges who are accountable to the public or who are independent. In the last four decades, the issues of selecting and removing judges have re-emerged in quite different guises, tied to quite distinctive issues with the themes of French democracy and English liberalism persisting as the main lines of thought about the judiciary. French political history has been one of variety, lacking apparent continuity. With the French Revolution, progressively political considerations pushed aside the electoral system in favor of a system of appointment. The history of America, unlike that of France, has been relatively stable and continuous in its evolution. The legacy of Jacksonian democracy continues to thrive through the election of judges in many American States. The political cultures of each nation have each had an influence on judicial institutions. Notes, references, and index.
Main Term(s): Judicial discretion
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Foreign judicial systems; Malawi
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