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NCJ Number: 185481 Find in a Library
Title: What Is a Traditional Judge Anyway? Problem Solving in the State Courts
Journal: Judicature  Volume:84  Issue:2  Dated:September-October 2000  Pages:78-85
Editor(s): Greg Berman
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 8
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is an edited transcript of a 1999 panel discussion on problem solving courts.
Abstract: A group of judges, attorneys, policymakers, and scholars met in late 1999 to discuss the nature of problem solving courts, forces that led to their creation, how they depart from "business as usual" and their impact on the roles of judges and attorneys. Problem solving courts were created, at least in part, in reaction to increasing public fear of crime; the necessity of dealing with growing numbers of mentally ill offenders and drug offenders; and problems related to prison overcrowding. The article reviews discussion of why not every judge is qualified to preside over drug courts, domestic violence courts, or other special problem solving courts, and the personality and ideological orientation of judges who are qualified. The article reproduces discussions of the role of attorneys, both the traditional concept of their role and differing concepts reflecting differing ideas about the nature of the criminal justice system. Meeting participants also discussed the paternalistic nature of the new courts and the need for additional discussion.
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Attorneys; Court reform; Court studies; Criminal justice research; Drug Courts; Family courts; Fear of crime; Judicial attitudes
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