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A First Look at Judicial Specialization

in Specializing the Courts

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226039541
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226039565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226039565.003.0001
A First Look at Judicial Specialization

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This chapter introduces judicial specialization, and also considers the book's first question: The extent of judicial specialization in the United States. People assume that specialization is both inevitable and desirable, a source of benefits to the organizations. Judicial specialization is sufficient in extent to constitute a significant feature of the judiciary, one that merits the attention of people who seek to understand the courts. The extent of specialization in the courts and the growth in specialization make it an important phenomenon. Judicial specialization is best thought in terms of the link between individual judges and fields of legal policy. The chapter turns to the landscape of specialization in the federal and state court systems. A significant portion of the work of federal courts is handled by specialized bodies. Finally, an overview of the other chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords: judicial specialization; United States; individual judges; legal policy; federal courts; state court systems; judiciary

Chapter.  11238 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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