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NCJ Number: 121735 Find in a Library
Title: Gender and Justice: Navigating Curves on the Road to Equality
Journal: Trial  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1990)  Pages:36-37
Author(s): N J Wikler
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 2
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While task forces created to identify and ameliorate gender bias in judicial decisionmaking and courtroom interaction have met with considerable success in less than ten years, they nevertheless face five potential problems.
Abstract: First, gender bias task forces should focus their resources on judges and avoid taking on gender bias problems in the entire court system so that they will not diffuse their efforts away from the keystone of reform, the judiciary. Second, judicial education and on-going monitoring and evaluation should take precedence over developing a task force final report. Third, task forces should promote the needs of those who are voiceless and unable to articulate their complaints against injustice; they should not focus on gender bias against women lawyers. Fourth, task forces should encourage the media to focus not on the inequities experienced by women attorneys but on inequities dealt the needy. Fifth, task forces must avoid focusing on courtroom interaction to the exclusion of judicial decisionmaking in substantive law.
Main Term(s): Sex discrimination
Index Term(s): Attorney judge evaluation; Court personnel attitudes; Judicial decisions; Judicial educational programs
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