Judicial Humour in the Australian Courtroom
45 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2014
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
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