Northwestern University - School of Law
November 11, 2010
California Law Review, Vol. 71, 1983
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-79
Legal certainty decreases over time. Rules and principles of law become more and more uncertain in content and in application because legal systems are biased in favor of unraveling those rules and principles. In this article I attempt to show what these biases are, and why commentators who have argued that the law tends toward certainty are wrong, then describe various attempts which have been made at restoring certainty, and why these attempts have generally not worked. My conclusion is that these proposals are at best holding actions, and that the tendency toward increasing uncertainty in the law is inexorable.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: legal certainty, legal uncertainty, judicial discretion, Case Revision Commission
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39, K40, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 14, 2010
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