Resource: Educating Judges

Judicial education is new to the common law tradition of judging. During the past twenty years, the education of judges has become a matter of considerable prominence and debate in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia, most recently prompted by media complaints of gender and racial bias. This work researches the underlying issues through a comparative analysis of experience across the common law world. The author explores the need for judicial education and how it should be provided. He argues that judicial education is a distinctive process, owing to the imperative for judicial independence and a number of educational considerations. The work offers a model approach for educating judges and provides analysis, reasoned insights and practical assistance for judges and educators to guide future endeavour.

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What experts have said about “Educating Judges”

“A comprehensive review of judicial education … an extremely valuable work which will enhance our understanding of issues which are likely to be of critical importance in the near future.”
Sir Anthony Mason, Chief Justice of Australia 1987 – 1995

“Educating Judges” by Livingston Armytage is truly a seminal work which sets the best practice for the field. I found the author’s comprehensive review of judicial education to be invaluable in my own doctoral research.  Livingston has provided a much needed resource for judicial educators, researchers and academicians interested in the education, training and development of judicial officers where otherwise there is a significant void in research and scholarship.” 

Dr Charles A. Ericksen, former Vice President, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg Virginia, USA

“A most masterly survey of the field … and could influence the way we are thinking about (judicial education) in this country.””
Professor Martin Partington, Dean of Law, University of BristolMember, Judicial Studies Board, England

“Thorough, well argued and comprehensive in its review of the literature … it offers substantial insight at many points … an important addition to the literature of this just-emerging field.”
Professor John K. Hudzik, Dean, International Studies, Michigan State University; Director, Judicial Education Research & Information Technology Transfer Project

“A substantial piece of work … and a significant contribution to the body of knowledge of judicial education.””
Professor Peter Sallmann, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration

“… sophisticated and mature treatment of a vital area of public education.”
J. E. Thomas, Robert Peers Emeritus Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham

“Invaluable … contains a wealth of material and references.”
Judge John Goldring, District Court of New South Wales; Dean, School of Law, University of Wollongong


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