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NCJ Number: 98854 Find in a Library
Title: Judicial Selection and Trial Judge-Journalist Interaction in Two States
Journal: Justice System Journal  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(1985)  Pages:6-18
Author(s): R E Drechsel
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compares trial judges in two States in terms of their interaction with journalists and their media use.
Abstract: Research on the impact of various methods of judicial selection has focused primarily on the demographic characteristics of judges and attributes of their decisions. But judges' off-bench communication behavior would seem to be another factor logically correlated with selection method. One aspect of such communication behavior is judges' interaction with journalists and use of the news media. In one of the States trial judges are elected; in the other they are appointed and never subject to election. Although the research is exploratory, the results support hypotheses that elected judges are more likely than appointed judges to cooperate with journalists and pay attention to media coverage of courts. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Judicial attitudes
Index Term(s): Judge selection; Judicial conduct and ethics
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