Judicial Independence as an Organizing Principle

Posted: 5 Nov 2014

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Charles G. Geyh

Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington

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Date Written: November 2014


The term judicial independence has a range of meanings and applications. It is variously employed in normative and descriptive ways; in absolute and relative terms; as a theoretical construct and a practical safeguard; in regard to judges individually and collectively; as an end in itself and a means to other ends; as a matter of hard law and soft norm; and in relation to the political branches of government, the media, the electorate, litigants, interest groups, and judges themselves. This article creates a structure within which to situate the judicial independence literature, to the end of positioning judicial independence as a useful, if polymorphous, organizing principle that delineates a foundational component of the judicial role.

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Geyh, Charles G., Judicial Independence as an Organizing Principle (November 2014). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 10, pp. 185-200, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110413-030849

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