The Judiciary and the Public: Judicial Perceptions

Kathy Mack, Sharyn Roach Anleu, Jordan Tutton

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The relationship among the judiciary, public attitudes, public confidence and the institutional authority of courts in a democracy is complex. It is frequently asserted that courts depend on public confidence for the effectiveness and, indeed, legitimacy of judicial authority. Drawing on national interviews and surveys with Australian judicial officers, this article considers the judiciary's views about the nature and prevalence of public attitudes. It investigates individual judicial and institutional responses to perceived public criticism and commentary and considers activities aimed at affirmatively promoting improved public knowledge of courts and judicial work. Understanding the judiciary's own perceptions and attitudes generates important insights into the nature and limits of communication between courts and the public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalAdelaide Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Judiciary
  • Public
  • Perceptions


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