Courts have to earn trust now every day with efficiency and fairness | Hartford Courant

  There isn’t a lot of praise circulating for American institutions today. Even though we can see abundant evidence of the shortcomings of alternative systems in Russia, China and elsewhere, too many Americans are buying populist propaganda against their own government. Lately, it’s the courts’ turn. Judges are being denounced as biased, corrupt and incompetent, not…

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The Needless Complexity of Our Courts | Governing

Most people with a case in court can’t understand what goes on in a lawsuit and are increasingly unwilling to accept what comes out of it. For reasons unknown to them, the case goes round and round for years without reaching its merits, and then the parties are forced to settle because their money and…

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Humanism Should Replace Formalism In The Courts | Law360

Contemporary American judges have more in common with Medieval monks than just wearing robes. Today’s courts are dominated by formalists. After reviewing decisions from the last several months—about guns, abortion, and industrial pollution—they remind me of work by the 13th and 14th Century scholastics, dominated by the monks who dictated thinking in Europe prior to…

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Judges: Guard ‘your honor’ | ABA Journal

I’m a judge, and I admit it: I like being called “your honor.” Call me entitled if you want, but I disagree with the Kentucky federal judge who made headlines last fall for saying that modesty forbids him from accepting this distinction. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Beaton claimed in a May 2022 speech, which was…

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