Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Judicature

Publication Date

2002

Page Number

44

Keywords

cognitive bias, heuristics, judicial process, decision making

Disciplines

Human Factors Psychology | Judges | Law

Abstract

The institutional legitmacy of the judiciary depends on the quality of the judgments that judges make. Even the most talented and dedicated judges surely make occasional mistakes, but the public expects judges to avoid making systematic errors that favor particular parties or writing opinions that embed these mistakes into the substantive law. Psychological research on human judgment, however, suggests that this expectation might be unrealistic.

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