Judicial Demeanor: Oral Argument in the High Court of Australia

Jordan Tutton, Kathleen Mack, Sharyn Roach Anleu

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An important way judicial authority is expressed is through in-court demeanor. Original empirical research investigates the demeanor of the judges of the High Court of Australia during oral argument by using a fine-grained analysis of transcripts and audio visual recordings. This research finds that the judges present an impersonal or detached demeanor, consistent with formal or abstract norms governing the judicial role. The slight departures from a detached demeanor observed suggest ways judicial presentation balances formal requirements of a detached demeanor with some human display of individual behaviors in a particular court context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-299
Number of pages27
JournalJustice System Journal
Issue number3
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


  • appellate courts
  • judges
  • judicial demeanor


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