Essays on Decision Making In Collegial Courts Coursework
COLLEGIAL COURT DECISIONS Factors that affect the decision-making process through collegial contact between judges Some of the factors that may affect the decision making process are the clearness of interpretations of the court proceedings and decisions and leaving the matters in simple forms for clarity. The policies that enacted should be ambiguous in order to enhance the number of the judges sitting on a case; majority opinion in this case is a factor that helps in determination of a case (Klein & Mitchell, 2010). The manner in which a court’s policy is communicated in the process determines the decisions of the judges in the collegial contact. Opinions of the courts are commonly post in the courthouse, university libraries and law school for the people’s enlightenment (Klein & Mitchell, 2010). The posting of the courts decisions does not necessarily guarantee that the people can read them thus some of the factors in the decision making may limit an individual.
The effects of the collegial process in forming a judge’s personal opinion on an issue
In accordance to the law, the judges are motivated in making a fair decision in resolving a dispute that is between the parties involved. The collegial process, thus, affects the judges personal opinion especially when the judges panel makes a ruling, and a judge is given that task to write the opinion of the majority(Hettinger, Lindquist & Martinek,2007). The judges have power and prestige when they make a decision from their ruling especially when they make up the laws and considerations of the effects of the decision to the public for the future affairs conduct. The judge’s opinions are effective if they make the ruling in accordance to laws without favor.
Hettinger, V. A., Lindquist, S. A., & Martinek, W. L. (2007). Judging on a collegial court: Influences on federal appellate decision making. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
Klein, D. E., & Mitchell, G. (2010). The psychology of judicial decision making. Oxford: Oxford University Press.