Judicature

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Articles from Vol. 90, No. 1, July/August

Addressing Disability and Promoting Wellness in the Federal Courts
The Ninth Circuit's Wellness Committee provides resources for judges that help promote their health and well-being.The clerk had started to notice that, at times, the esteemed judge whom she had served far years wasn't tracking or retaining information...
A Fresh Look at Judicial Impairment
It is time to recognize that judges face the same challenges to their physical, mental, and emotional health as do other members of society, and that their unique position in society renders the provision of assistance in meeting those challenges critically...
A New Way of Delivering Justice
A new way of delivering justice Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice, by Creg Berman and John Feinblatt. The New Press. 2005. 240 pages. $24.95.In the early nineties a state court judge in Florida got more and more discouraged when he kept...
Drug Courts: The Second Decade
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has issued a special report, Drug Courts: The Second Decade, that synthesizes findings from five NIJ-funded studies and addresses the effectiveness of the more than 1,500 operating drug courts in the United States.The...
Foreword
Some ideas are better than others, but approximately 10 years ago I had a good one: to do something about the abysmal fact that, near the end of the 20th century, with all its miraculous medical advances, there was available nowhere in the federal system...
Helping Judges in Distress
Judges are subject to a wide range of physical and emotional problems and stresses but often don't get the help they need. A "wellness initiative" in the courts could help overcome the unique barriers they face in obtaining assistance.Judges come from...
Introduction: Helping Judges in Distress
Appointment or election to the bench and long, honorable service do not render judges immune to problems that can affect their judicial performance as well as their health and personal lives. This symposium issue of judicature is intended to advance...
Joining Two Fields of Political Science
Joining two fields of political science Scoring Points: Politicians, Activists, and the Lower Federal Court Appointment Process, by Nancy Scherer. Stanford University Press. 2005. 288 pages. $65 (Paper $24.95).The failed nomination of Harriet Miers for...
Letters
Is capital punishment akin to consumer fraud?David McCord's "Afterword" (March-April 2006) contends that capital punishment is akin to consumer fraud. This looks very much like the same old anti-death penalty views in new guise. But none of McCord's...
The Harder They Fall: A Hand Up for Impaired Judges
An edited transcript of a portion of the American Judicature Society annual meeting program on August 6, 2005.*ParticipantsRichard A. Soden, Goodwin Procter LLP, BostonRichard P. Carlton, Deputy Director, State Bar of California Lawyer Assistance ProgramWilliam...
The Worst-Kept Secret in the Courthouse
Imagine the anxiety of a litigant involved in a custody battle or criminal case, feeling out of place and apprehensive even if represented by counsel. Imagine the litigant's shock if she smells alcohol on the breath of the judge-the person authorized...