An Alternative Approach to New Public Management in the Administration of Justice
20 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2017
Date Written: January 30, 2008
This paper examines tensions in the administration of justice in Canada. These tensions arise in part from what the author describes as a ‘tripartite’ responsibility for the courts system, split between two levels of government and the judicial and executive branches. It also identifies increased tensions in recent years resulting from the introduction of ‘New Public Management’ approaches to public administration.
The author asserts that democratic principles like rule of law or access to justice may trump the imperatives of New Public Management in some circumstances. As an example, the paper examines Canadian court decisions that have limited government's use of court fees as a revenue generating mechanism. The author concludes by suggesting the application of an administrative law approach to determine “who’s in charge” in the justice system, to reduce tensions and resolve conflict, and as an alterative approach the New Public Management in the administration of justice.
Keywords: Courts Administation, Public Administration, Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Judicial Independence, New Public Management
JEL Classification: D73, E62, G18, H11, H41, H71, H77, H83, K19, K40
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