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Court Review, Volume 45, Issue 4, page 102


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The lead article for this issue is an introduction to understanding court culture. In our last issue, we had a book review of the 2007 book, Trial Courts as Organizations, which provides a wealth of interesting data and insights. In this issue, two of the book’s authors, Brian Ostrom and Roger Hanson, provide an overview of the different court cultures commonly encountered, including the results of a study of one large metropolitan trial court. Our second article is part of a continuing series looking at social-science information either about the courts or that can be readily used by judges. This time, Brian Bornstein and Monica Miller look at whether a judge’s religion influences decision making. There has been a lot of research on this, and Bornstein and Miller survey the most interesting and authoritative studies.