The Federal Courts
Challenge and Reform 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Richard A. Posner
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Federal Courts by Richard A. Posner
Book DescriptionThe federal courts are the world's most powerful judiciary and a vital element of the American political system. In recent decades, these courts have experienced unprecedented growth in caseload and personnel. Many judges and lawyers believe that a "crisis in quantity" is imperiling the ability of the federal judiciary to perform its historic function of administering justice fairly and expeditiously. In a substantially revised edition of his 1985 book "The Federal Courts: Crisis and Reform", Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provides a comprehensive evaluation of the federal judiciary and a detailed programme of judicial reform. Drawing on economic and political theory as well as on legal analysis and his own extensive judicial experience, Posner sketches the history of the federal courts, describes the contemporary institution, appraises the concerns that have been expressed with the courts' performance, and presents a variety of proposals for both short-term and fundamental reform. In contrast to some of the direr prophecies of observers of the federal courts, Posner emphasizes the success of these courts in adapting to steep caseload growth with minimum sacrifice in quality. Although the book ranges over a variety of traditional topics in federal jurisdiction, the focus is steady on federal judicial administration conceived of as an interdisciplinary approach emphasizing system rather than doctrine, statistics rather than impressions, and caseload rather than cases.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674296275
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard A. Posner
Divergent Paths, Hardback (January 2016)
Judges and legal scholars talk past one another, if they have any conversation at all. Academics criticize judicial decisions in theoretical terms, which leads many judges to dismiss academic discourse as divorced from reality. Richard Posner reflects on the causes and consequences of this widening gap and what can be done to close it.
Reflections on Judging, Hardback (October 2013)
Presents the main obstacles to coping with the dizzying pace of technological advance. The author calls for legal realism - gathering facts, considering context, and reaching a sensible conclusion that inflicts little collateral damage on other areas of the law.
Behavior of Federal Judges, Hardback (January 2013)
Federal judges are not just robots or politicians in robes, yet their behavior is not well understood, even among themselves. Using statistical methods, a political scientist, an economist, and a judge construct a unified theory of judicial decision-making to dispel the mystery of how decisions from district courts to the Supreme Court are made.
Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era, Hardback (March 2012)» View all books by Richard A. Posner
Henry Friendly is frequently grouped with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, and Learned Hand as the best American jurists of the twentieth century. In this first, comprehensive biography of Friendly, Dorsen opens a unique window onto how a judge of this caliber thinks and decides cases, and how Friendly lived his life.
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Author Biography - Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
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