Judges as Humans: Interdisciplinary Research and the Problems of Institutional Design

We demand a lot from judges. The job description calls for traits such as impartiality, fairness, independence, integrity, civility, and professionalism. What is more, the judge should exemplify these traits not merely on good days, but every day in every case. The longstanding conception of the judge in the American legal system calls for an Olympian figure, who remains above the fray and whose primary mode of action is detached reaction.

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