Introduction: Not Enough Judges

15 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2017 Last revised: 24 Jan 2018

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Avrom Sherr

University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Date Written: November 8, 2017


English Abstract: This Introduction is attached to a Comment given as a paper at the seminar Too Few Judges?, which questions the assertion that judges are essential for justice and that not having enough judges available to carry out judicial duties therefore diminishes the availability of, or access to, justice. Playing devil’s advocate the comment questions the cost and value of judicial law, whether judges do the job we imagine them to be doing, fulfill their role in ensuring justice, are always independent and fair, and are always capable of coming to fair conclusions. In doing so it is not intended to criticize in any way any former, intending or sitting judges but more to consider the nature and limits of the judicial decision making function. It is entirely accepted that some elements of the judicial function are essential for the progression of law, defence of the individual against the State, and certainty in law and human relations.

Spanish Abstract: Esta introducción se adjunta a un comentario presentado en forma de artículo en el seminario Too Few Judges? Dicho artículo cuestionaba la afirmación de que los jueces son esenciales para la justicia, y que, por tanto, carecer de suficientes jueces disminuye la accesibilidad y el acceso a la justicia. El comentario cuestiona el coste y el valor del derecho judicial, si acaso los jueces hacen el trabajo que suponemos que hacen, cumplen con su obligación de garantizar la justicia, son siempre independientes y justos, y si son siempre capaces de llegar a conclusiones justas. Este cuestionamiento no pretende criticar a ningún juez, sino más bien considerar la naturaleza y limitaciones de la función decisoria de los jueces. Está enteramente aceptado que algunos elementos de la función judicial son esenciales para el progreso del derecho, la defensa del individuo frente al Estado, y la certeza del derecho y las relaciones humanas.

Keywords: Judges, Heuristics, Cost of Judging, Jueces, Heurística, Coste Judicial

Suggested Citation

Sherr, Avrom H., Introduction: Not Enough Judges (November 8, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2017, Available at SSRN:

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