Justice System Journal

A journal of articles and notes about courts and court administration for practitioners and researchers in the field of judicial administration. Covers research approaches in the social sciences, management innovations, case analysis, and legal issues news.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, 2003

Budgeting for State Courts: The Perceptions of Key Officials regarding the Determinants of Budget Success*
While much has been made of the financial crisis affecting state courts in the early 2000s, there has been little research on court budgeting and the politics that affect it, especially concerning factors that lead to budgetary success. In this study,...
Courting Constituents: District Elections and Judicial Behavior on the Louisiana Supreme Court
District elections are among the many methods that states may use to select supreme court justices. A state's choice of selection or retention systems reflects its political values: gubernatorial appointment stresses the importance of judicial independence,...
Courts and Trials: A Reference Handbook
Courts and Trials: A Reference Handbook, by Christopher Smith. Contemporary World Issues Series. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003.Like other titles in ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World Issues series, Courts and Trials contains a chronology, a set of biographical...
Legal Notes
Roell v. Withrow, 123 S.Ct. 1696 (2003), and the Federal Magistrate Act of 1979In an effort to ease the burden on the federal judiciary of mounting caseloads, the Federal Magistrate Act of 1979 authorizes magistrate judges to "conduct any or all proceedings...
Letter from the Editor
With this issue, Justice System Journal directs attention to critical issues in state and federal court administration. Two of the four articles deal with state court budgeting and the election of state supreme court justices, while the remaining two...
Policy Windows on the U.S. Courts of Appeals*
This article applies the concept of "policy windows" as developed by Kingdon to the federal courts of appeals, arguing that a policy window occurs on the court of appeals when a major Supreme Court precedent disrupts an existing body of law. To illustrate...
Presidential Success through Appointments to the United States District Courts
While many of the decisions of federal district court judges involve the routine application of settled legal rules, a significant minority of decisions present judges with the opportunity for judicial policymaking. A considerable body of literature...
Race in the Jury Box: Affirmative Action in Jury Selection
Race in the Jury Box: Affirmative Action in Jury Selection, by Hiroshi Fukurai and Richard Krooth. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003.Hiroshi Fukurai and Richard Krooth have distinguished themselves over the past decade for their willingness...