Adjudication and Emotion
Laura E. Little
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
Florida Coastal Law Journal, Vol. 3, p. 205, 2002
This article explores the role emotion in adjudication, an important issue related to the therapeutic jurisprudence movement. The therapeutic jurisprudence movement uses the goal of psychological well being to explore the role of human nature and psychology in law and the legal process. In light of the burgeoning practical and scholarly interest in therapeutic jurisprudence, Professor Laura Little examines the relationship between emotions and specific adjudicative values. Professor Little begins by describing the three adjudicative values that provide the article's focus: 1) impartiality; 2) independence; and 3) competence. Next, she explores these values in relationship to four representative sets of emotions: 1) empathy and sympathy; 2) loyalty and gratitude; 3) jealousy and envy; and 4) disgust and hate. In her analyses, Professor Little shows how the different emotions play a role in general adjudication, as well as the potential effects these emotions can have in the specific context of therapeutic jurisprudence. Professor Little concludes by recommending further scholarly research on how emotions affect adjudicative values, thereby expanding our knowledge about the complex interplay between the two topics.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: law and emotion, adjudication, judiciary, therapeutic jurisprudence, jealousy, envy, disgust, hate, loyalty, gratitude, empathy, sympathy, law and psychology, decision making, psychology, emotion theory, human nature, impartiality, judicial independence, judicial competence
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49
Date posted: March 26, 2009
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