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In the shadow of the judge

The involvement of judicial assistants in Dutch district courts

In the shadow of the judge
  • Year of publication 2017
  • 286 pages
Author:Nina Holvast
Category: Law Law (general)
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐777‐7 | paperback | 1st edition | € 45.00 / $ 67.50 / £ 41.50
Icon_ebook 978‐94‐6274‐745‐6 | ebook | € 45.00 / $ 67.50 / £ 41.50

In recent years the notion of the judge as an autonomous decision-maker has been increasingly challenged. Correspondingly, research has expanded to study the influence of various agents on judicial decision-making; however, some of these agents still receive little attention from the academic community. This book focuses on one such agent: the judicial assistant.

Based on fieldwork conducted at two Dutch district courts, In the shadow of the judge discusses the involvement of judicial assistants in judicial decisionmaking and the potential consequences of their involvement on the adjudication process. By demonstrating the multifaceted involvement of these assistants and their influence on the judgments, the author highlights the necessity for a clearer understanding of this topic – particularly in a civil law context.

Target group

This book is essential for court personnel and researchers alike, to improve their understanding of the dynamics of judicial decision-making behind the closed doors of court houses.