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NCJ Number: 89769 Find in a Library
Title: Psychology of Judging (From Psychology of the Courtroom, P 257-283, 1982, Norbert L Kerr and Robert M Bray, ed. - See NCJ-89761)
Author(s): A Champagne; S Nagel
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Academic Press, Inc
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the political, organizational, and occupational forces affecting judges by outlining the courts' structure and the nature of the judicial environment.
Abstract: The authors review several traditional approaches to the study of judicial behavior along with much of the research generated by each of these approaches. They provide a general characterization and survey of sophisticated quantitative models used to predict and ultimately explain judicial behavior. Of particular interest is the recent attempt to establish deductive models whereby it can be deduced how judicial behavior would change, given certain changes in aspects of judging that influence perceived benefits and costs of alternative behaviors. Such deductive models represent a synthesis of the two prior perspectives: the legal-political and behavioral perspectives. Footnotes, a few tables, and about 60 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Court structure; Judicial discretion; Models; Political influences; Prediction; Psychological research
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