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NCJ Number: 90276 Find in a Library
Title: Law-Enforcement Officer, at the Crossroads of Administrative and Judicial Values
Journal: Canadian Public Administration  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(1982)  Pages:354-365
Author(s): R Dussault
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The judicial officer has existed for as long as the legal system itself. In Quebec, until 1969, the judicial officer worked independently and his fees were based on the number and kind of transactions performed. In 1969, he became an employee of the state.
Abstract: Today the judicial officer is not only a public official with legal powers, but also a public administrator in a rapidly developing field. At the crossroads between judiciary and administrative values, the judicial officer must establish exceptionally good relations with those with whom he is in contact. He must be constantly available to those under the jurisdiction of the court and their attorneys. He must be impartial and ensure that all parties are in a position to avail themselves fully of their rights. Where the magistrature is concerned, he must be flexible and open-minded. In as far as his decisions are of an administrative nature and concern the courts, they should never be considered in a vacuum. Finally, in his dealings with the administration, the judicial officer's candor, solidarity, and loyalty must be exemplary. One footnote is included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Court administrators; Quebec
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