Impartiality and Emotion in Everyday Judicial Practice

Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathy Mack

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Impartiality is a foundational legal value. It expresses the judicial obligation to
be unbiased in relation to any party or issue, and to be independent, especially of the government, in rendering a decision (American Bar Association 2011; Geyh 2013; 2014; Judiciary of England & Wales 2013; Lee 2014; The Council of Chief Justices of Australia & New Zealand 2017). These obligations of judicial attitude, role and practice (Lucy 2005) are central to law as a modern institution. Despite the myriad changes prompting many to cast the present era as late
modernity, the legal system remains ambivalent about emotion and continues to
aspire to entrenched modern values of rationality, objectivity and impersonality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotions in Late Modernity
EditorsRoger Patulny, Alberto Bellocchi, Rebecca Olson, Sukhmani Khorana, Jordan McKenzie, Michelle Peterie
Place of PublicationLondon, England
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351133319
ISBN (Print)9780815354321
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in the sociology of emotions


  • impartiality
  • emotion
  • judicial practice
  • judicial attitude


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