Moral Quality in Adjudication: On Judicial Virtues and Civic Friendship
Iris van Domselaar, "Moral Quality in Adjudication: On Judicial Virtues and Civic Friendship", Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, 1, (2015) 24-46
General Subserie Research Paper No. 2016-04
24 Pages Posted: 12 May 2015 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016
Date Written: April 28, 2015
How best to account for moral quality in adjudication?
This article proposes a six-pack of judicial virtues as part of a truly virtue-centred account of moral quality in adjudication. These judicial virtues are presented as both constitutive and indispensable for realizing moral quality in adjudication.
In addition, it will be argued that in order to honour the inherent relational dimension of adjudication a judge should not only possess the judicial virtues to a sufficient degree, he should also have the attitude of a civic friend. The Aristotelian concept of civic friendship will be proposed as an important complement to a virtue-ethical approach to adjudication.
Keywords: virtue jurisprudence, judicial virtues, judicial perception, civic friendship, legal education
JEL Classification: K10
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