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The Death of the American Trial


Robert P. Burns


Northwestern University - School of Law

January 29, 2009

THE DEATH OF THE AMERICAN TRIAL, University of Chicago Press, 2009
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 09-03

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This short essay is a summary of my assessment of the meaning of the "vanishing trial" phenomenon. It addresses the obvious question: "So what?" It first briefly reviews the evidence of the trial's decline. It then sets out the steps necessary to understand the political and social significance of our vastly reducing the trial's importance among our modes of social ordering. The essay serves as the Introduction to a book, The Death of the American Trial, soon to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: trials, procedure, justice, bureaucracy

JEL Classification: K10, K44

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Date posted: January 29, 2009  

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Burns, Robert P., The Death of the American Trial (January 29, 2009). THE DEATH OF THE AMERICAN TRIAL, University of Chicago Press, 2009; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 09-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1334946

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