Judicial Humour in the Australian Courtroom

Sharyn Roach Anleu, Kathleen Mack, Jordan Tutton

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    The use of humour by judicial officers is subject to formal and informal regulation. Inappropriate judicial humour may undermine core judicial values of impartiality and neutrality, possibly leading to a loss of public confidence and legitimacy. Appropriate judicial humour can have a valuable role in the courtroom. Data from interviews with judicial officers and court observation studies demonstrate that judicial humour is a reality in the Australian courtroom and can be used positively. These empirical research findings clarify aspects of the form, nature and circumstances of appropriate judicial humour and its positive functions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)621-665
    Number of pages45
    JournalMelbourne University Law Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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