The Judges: A Penetrating Exploration of American Courts and of the New Decisions--Hard Decisions--They Must Make for a New Millennium

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Macmillan, 2006 - 450 pages
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"Our courts, the third branch of the government, are central in the administration of our democracy. But their operations are shrouded in a mythology--which this book pierces. Many of our 30,000 judges are hard-working and distinguished jurists; most are simply lawyers who knew a politician. It does not help that the job pays poorly. We have no judicial profession: we do not train judges before or after they mount the bench. There is no national court system. Fifty states, a federal government, counties and municipalities all have their own courts, their own rules and their own laws and are deluged with cases filed by a million lawyers. Less than 3% of criminal charges and 4% of civil disputes are resolved in court. This noted author argues that a specialized world demands specialized courts and judges expert in the subjects they must consider.--From publisher description."--Source other than the Library of Congress.

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I was really interested in the subject matter of this book. The author clearly did a lot of research and is very passionate about the judicial system. Unfortunately, it didn't translate into a very ... Read full review

THE JUDGES: A Major Exploration of America's Court System and the Many Changes It Must Make

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A brief history, a current assessment and, finally, a plea for reform of America's courts.Alexander Hamilton was, perhaps, never more wrong than when he characterized the court system as "the least ... Read full review

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