American Judges Association



Date of this Version

January 2002


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:4 (2002), pp. 2. Copyright © 2002 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


In the lead article in this issue, court consultant Roger Hanson examines the implications of the changing role of the judge. He rightly notes that judging today is not exactly what it was 30 years ago and asks how changes in the perceptions of the proper judicial role have affected the behavior of judges. For most of us, we tend to do our jobs on a daily basis without conscious thought about the various roles we play (e.g., law applier, mediator, policy maker), let alone the expectations of others about our performance of each of those roles. Although Hanson draws no final conclusions in this article, I think you will enjoy joining him in giving some structured thought to these issues, including how they may impact your own work. If you see impacts in your own court, please consider sharing your views through a letter to the editor for publication in our next issue.

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