skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 154462 Find in a Library
Title: Diversifying the Judiciary: The Influence of Gender and Race on Judging
Journal: University of Richmond Law Review  Volume:28  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:179-203
Author(s): S M Smith
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 25
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the merits of judicial diversification, as well as the reasons that the American judiciary has remained overwhelmingly white and male.
Abstract: The author argues that a judge's perspective, influenced by factors including gender and race, is a critical factor in his or her role as an adjudicator. The judge is an individual, whose ideas of fairness and justice will determine in large measure the outcome for those who are being judged. The article discusses how gender and face intersect with impartiality and morality in judging. After an examination of the representative and substantive importance of judicial diversification in terms of potential changes in jurisprudence, the author concludes that the increased presence of different perspectives on the bench will positively affect decision making if that diversity is true, rather than token. 126 notes and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Female judges; Judge selection; Minority judges
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.