Journal Article

Judicial Reform

Juan Carlos Botero, Rafael La Porta, Florencio López‐de‐Silanes, Andrei Shleifer and Alexander Volokh

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 18, issue 1, pages 61-88
Published in print March 2003 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online March 2003 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI:
Judicial Reform

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A review of the evidence on judicial reform across countries shows that those seeking to improve economic performance should not focus on judicial efficiency alone but on independence as well. It also shows that the level of resources poured into the judicial system and the accessibility of the system have little impact on judicial performance. Most of the problem of judicial stagnation stems from inadequate incentives and overly complicated procedures. Incentive‐oriented reforms that seek to increase accountability, competition, and choice seem to be the most effective in tackling the problem. But incentives alone do not correct systematic judicial failure. Chronic judicial stagnation calls for simplifying procedures and increasing their flexibility.

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Subjects: Development Planning and Policy

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