Judicial Wisdom: An Introductory Empirical Account and Research Agenda

Blumenthal, Jeremy A. and Bakina, Daria A, Judicial Wisdom: An Introductory Empirical Account and Research Agenda (August 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2129792

By Jeremy A. Blumenthal and Daria A. Bakina

Abstract: We present the first empirical analysis of “judicial wisdom”: what it means to be a “wise judge.” We surveyed 40 federal judges; half listed characteristics of a “wise” judge and, to compare, half listed characteristics of an “excellent” judge. The factor models of judicial wisdom and of judicial excellence demonstrate the two concepts’ distinct nature. Judicial wisdom seems comprised of three traditional wisdom factors and one factor specific to the judicial role. We discuss the substantive models of judicial “wisdom” and “excellence,” and legal and policy implications, including the possibility of teaching judicial wisdom. We also raise directions for future research.

Read the paper. Note from the authors: This paper is a work in progress.

 

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