Creating Quality Courts

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2010

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Frank B. Cross

Deceased; Deceased; Deceased

Dain C. Donelson

University of Iowa


Numerous studies examine the importance of legal systems, yet there is little scholarship on how nations can improve their legal systems. Nations might try to invest more resources, including increasing overall budgets, increasing judicial salaries, or expanding the number of judges and/or courts. We examine data for a set of European nations, with a focus on the most effective way to use national resources to enhance judicial quality. We consider the effect of different uses of government resources and the effect of different judicial systems on measures of judicial quality, including independence, efficiency, the rule of law, and perceived impartiality.

Suggested Citation

Cross, Frank B. and Donelson, Dain C., Creating Quality Courts. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 490-510, September 2010, Available at SSRN: or



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