Judicial Humour in the Australian Courtroom

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Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology

Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law

Jordan Tutton

Flinders University - School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The use of humour by judicial officers is subject to formal and informal regulation. Inappropriate judicial humour may undermine core judicial values of impartiality and neutrality, possibly leading to a loss of public confidence and legitimacy. Appropriate judicial humour can have a valuable role in the courtroom. Data from interviews with judicial officers and court observation studies demonstrate that judicial humour is a reality in the Australian courtroom and can be used positively. These empirical research findings clarify aspects of the form, nature and circumstances of appropriate judicial humour and its positive functions.

Keywords: Judiciary, courts, Australia, humour, humor, empirical research, judicial impartiality, interviews, court observation, judges, magistrates, judicial discipline, judicial performance

Suggested Citation

Roach Anleu, Sharyn and Mack, Kathy and Tutton, Jordan, Judicial Humour in the Australian Courtroom (2014). Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2623443

Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Adelaide, S.A, 5001
Australia
+61 8 8201 2122 (Phone)
+61 8 8201 3521 (Fax)

Kathy Mack (Contact Author)

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia
+08 8201 3627 (Phone)

Jordan Tutton

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia

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