This paper suggests that judicial opinions often reflect ajudge's position on what is ethical and useful in the real world of constitutional values. It further suggests that an appreciation of legal philosophical theory assists one in understanding the ethical and public policy dimensions of a court's opinion. Do judges' opinions parallel philosophical theories constructed by philosophers or is any apparent relationship mere coincidence? This paper suggests the former-that a judge's belief system, education, and experiences 2 include the adoption of judicial philosophies, the expression of which can be found in his or her written opinions.
Gerald R. Ferrer & Mystica Alexander,
Appellate Judges and Philosophical Theories: Judicial Philosophy or Mere Coincidence,
Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int.
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