The Emotionally Intelligent Judge: A New (and Realistic) Ideal
49 Court Review 100 (2013)
15 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2015 Last revised: 24 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 10, 2013
Judges, like all of us, have been acculturated to an ideal of dispassion. But judges experience emotion on a regular basis. Judicial emotion must be managed competently. The psychology of emotion regulation can help judges learn to prepare realistically for, and respond thoughtfully to, the emotions they are bound to feel. This short piece, written for a judicial audience, synthesizes research that can help judges accept, analyze, and shape the emotional aspects of their work.
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