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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 6, May/June

A Needed Change-An Improved Process for Nominating and Confirming Federal Judges
It is summer and Americans are participating in a presidential election that has attracted enormous attention and brought millions of voters to the primary elections and caucuses. Senator McCain and Senator Obama are both promising change-a new way of...
An Impressive, Even Monumental Work
An impressive, even monumental work American Juries: The Verdict, by Neil Vidmar and Valerie P. Hans. Prometheus Books. 2007. 428 pages. $32.95.by Morris B. HoffmanTrial judges will be both enriched and maddened by this latest work by two of America's...
Community Justice: An International Overview
Around the world, many criminal justice practitioners are grappling with some of the same problems: increases in low-level crime; frustration with repeat offenders; overwhelmed police, courts, and prisons; dissatisfaction with an overreliance on incarceration;...
Federal Judicial Misconduct and Disability
Under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, as amended, any person may file a written complaint alleging that a federal judge has engaged in "conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts"...
Is Justice Delayed at the International Criminal Tribunals?
The length of time needed to complete adjudication at the international tribunals is substantially determined by legal and other factors inherent in the nature of prosecutions in international criminal law. Thus, while justice may not be rendered with...
Larry Hammond Receives the 2008 Justice Award
Larry A. Hammond, renowned criminal defense attorney and past President of AJS, received the 2008 Justice Award, the American Judicature Society's highest honor, on April 24 in a ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.There was a triple...
More Progress (and Politics) in Federal Judicial Accountability
The Judicial Conference's new Rules for JudicialConduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings are a major step toward realizing the promise of the Breyer Committee Report.The new Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings adopted by...
Public Access and Media Rules for Administrative Adjudicators in High-Profile Hearings
Many courts have rules in place designed to strike the right balance between access and a fair trial in high-profile cases. What's needed are rules for when the proceedings are conducted by an administrative agency.When a case of great public interest...
Strengthening the Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The recent independence of Kosovo in the Balkans may remind readers of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the tragic four-year war (1992-1995) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) started by Bosnian Serbs (Orthodox Christians) against Bosniaks (Bosnian...
The Privatization of Civil Justice
The growing privatization of civil justice brings the risk that public justice as we know it is being eroded.The last half-century has seen a virtual transformation of the processes of U.S. civil justice. Basically, the civil justice decision-making...
The Role of Trial Judges in State Court Reform: The Case of Mississippi
Working together with other actors in the legal community, the Trial Judges Liaison Committee enhanced the administration of justice in Mississippi.Judicial reform efforts seldom succeed without coordinated support from the legal community, including...