Judging Credentials: Nonlawyer Judges and the Politics of Professionalism

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Must judges be trained as lawyers in order to be effective in office, or can nonlawyers serve equally well? This question has long provoked controversy among lawyers, judges, legislators, and the public. In her empirical study of the place of the nonlawyer judge in the American legal system, Doris Marie Provine concludes that, despite the opposition of the legal profession to nonlawyer judges, they are as competent as lawyers in carrying out judicial duties in courts of limited jurisdiction. Provine presents a persuasive ...

Judging Credentials: Nonlawyer Judges and the Politics of Professionalism 1986, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226684710

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