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NCJ Number: 120437 Find in a Library
Title: Lawyers, Courts, and Professionalism -- The Agenda for Reform
Author(s): R J Gerber
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 149
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Publication Number: ISBN 0-313-26567-4
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Our legal system all too often fails to live up to expected standards and is prey to litigation tactics whose ends are often financial victory rather than truth or justice.
Abstract: Too many courts are inefficient and overwhelmed with cases that benefit only lawyers, and justice is rendered inaccessible to the poor and middle classes. Written by a judge on the Court of Appeals in Arizona, this treatice offers an agenda for reform with practical and visionary measures. He offers factual testimony to the general decline of the social conscience, which is reflected in the quality of justice rendered by the courts in a troubled legal system. Legal education, bar exams, and employment selection process all have questionable integrity, encourage combat over negotiation, and fail to measure ethics or competency. The judge suggests specialty licensing to ensure competence and to check ethics, periodic examinations, and peer review. He offers specific guidelines for streamlining court procedures, and concludes that lawyers and judges need to return to "natural law" ideals and regard financial motivations as secondary. 21 references.
Main Term(s): Court reorganization; Legal system
Index Term(s): Attorney competence; Attorney judge evaluation; Court procedures; Judicial conduct and ethics
Note: Contributions in Legal Studies, N 50
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