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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 4, January/February

Access to Justice: The Emerging Consensus and Some Questions and Implications
An emerging consensus about how to solve the access to justice problem is laying the groundwork for dramatic progress in the next few years, notwithstanding the dire economic crisis facing federal, state, and local governments.In the media there is often...
"Firsts" in High Court Diversity
In 2011, several states are seeing "firsts" with respect to the demographic composition of their high courts. Women are serving as chief justices for the first time in three states. In New Hampshire, Governor John Lynch elevated Linda Dalianis to fill...
Incivility Is Eroding Our Justice System and the Rule of Law
At its core, the American Judicature Society stands for the fair and impartial administration of justice. Please join me, for a few moments, in reflecting on how incivility is eroding our justice system and the rule of law.It all starts, of course, with...
Judicial Roles in State High Courts
establish statewide UNIFOMITY of lawachieve JUSTICE for litigantsachieve good public POLICYachieve CLARITY of lawOne court observer asserted that "the way in which a judge conceives his judicial role is the most significant single factor in the whole...
Plea Bargaining - a Necessary Tool for the International Criminal Court Prosecutor
Plea bargaining is spreading into an increasing number of countries in spite of criticisms of scholars around the world. The draw of plea bargaining is the notion that with ever-growing crime rates and limited court resources, conducting a full criminal...
Top Judicial Ethics Stories of 2010
Impeachment of Judge Thomas PorteousFor only the eighth time in the country's history (j^www.fjc.gov/history/ home.nsf/page/judges_impeachments.html), a federal judge was removed from office when, on December 8, 2010, the Senate voted that Thomas Porteous...