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. 25, No. 1, 2004

Appreciating the Changing Factual Meaning of "Verbatim," or Battling the Curse of the "Verbatim" Assumption*
Justice system researchers and participants frequently rely on transcribed reports of oral trial court proceedings, yet commentators tend to miss changes in the factual meaning of "verbatim" as it relates to court reporters' work products and to overlook...
Filing of Amicus Curiae Briefs in State Courts of Last Resort: 1960-2000
This study examines the use of amicus curiae briefs in state courts of last resort. Key findings are that use of amicus varies greatly among states, with the majority of filings occurring in a small number of states. The hypothesis that restrictiveness...
Inside Appellate Courts: The Impact of Court Organization on Judicial Decision Making in the United States Courts of Appeals
Inside Appellate Courts: The Impact of Court Organization on judicial Decision Making in the United States Courts of Appeals, by Jonathan Matthew Cohen. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2002.Several studies have examined the consequences...
Judicial Campaign Speech Restrictions after White: New York Weighs In
In Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765, 122 S.Ct. 2528, 153 L.Ed.2d 694 (2002), the Supreme Court invalidated a Minnesota Judicial conduct provision that prohibited judicial candidates from announcing their views on disputed legal or...
Letter from the Editor
Volume 25 represents justice System Journal's silver anniversary. It is, then, a milestone for the study of court management and for the National Center for State Courts. Established under the auspices of the Institute for Court Management, which then...
Patterns of Campaign Spending and Electoral Competition in State Supreme Court Elections*
One of the hottest topics in politics today is the method by which state supreme court justices are selected. The debate over whether judges should be appointed or elected (or some combination of both) is raging in several state legislatures, as well...
Reorganization of the Juvenile Court in Fulton County, Georgia*
Is the Fulton County Juvenile Court administrative and organizational structure as efficient as possible? Appointed in June 2002, the new chief judge for the Fulton County Juvenile Court thought that with an anticipated move into a new juvenile court...
Sustaining Drug Courts in Arizona and South Carolina: An Experience in Hodgepodge Budgeting*
Aquiring resources sufficient to carry out the constitutional and statutory functions of the judicial branch of government has long been an area of concern for state and local courts (see Baar, 1975; Tobin, 1999). judicial advocates have complained that...
Variable Voting Behavior on the Supreme Court: A Preliminary Analysis and Research Framework*
On June 26, 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that a Texas statute, making it a crime for homosexuals to engage in "deviate sexual intercourse," was an unconstitutional violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause.1 In...