Realising the Potential of Judging
Michael S. King
Monash University - Faculty of Law
Monash University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 171, 2011
Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04
This article contends that judicial officers should not only have knowledge of the interpersonal dimension of judging, but also of the techniques required to negotiate the different situations that may arise - whether it is a witness with special needs, a victim who breaks down in the witness box, an angry litigant, a defendant who is deflated, having relapsed into drug use after a long period of abstinence, or a person in the public gallery who is upset about what is happening in the courtroom. Depending on the situation, judging in these contexts may require particular listening and communication skills, the expression of empathy, the use of techniques of persuasion or motivational interviewing, the use of techniques to settle child witnesses and collaborative problem-solving techniques.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: judges, judicial officers, solution-focused, therapeutic jurisprudence, interpersonal
JEL Classification: K00, K19, K20, K29, K30, K39, K40, K41, K42, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 8, 2012
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