THE work of deciding cases goes on every day in hundreds of courts throughout the land. Any judge, one might suppose, would find it easy to describe the process which he had followed a thousand times and more. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Let some intelligent layman ask him to explain: he will not go very far before taking refuge in the excuse that the language of craftsmen is unintelligible to those untutored in the craft. Such an excuse may cover with a semblance of respectability an otherwise ignominious retreat. It will hardly serve to still the pricks of curiosity and conscience. In moments of introspection, when there
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Publication information: Book title: The Nature of the Judicial Process. Contributors: Benjamin N. Cardozo - Author. Publisher: Yale University Press. Place of publication: New Haven, CT. Publication year: 1921. Page number: 9.
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