Judicial Decision-Making and Advocacy: An Ethical Enquiry

Taught by former Judge Jerry Bruce, now JC/AOC staff to the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children

Judges in dependency and TPR cases often see themselves as the protectors of children. Yet in any legal system, judges are primarily the protectors, not of any party appearing before them, but of the integrity of the system. A persuasive argument can be made that part of the problem is that judges are often substituting their subjective judgement for outcomes demanded by the evidence. The issue highlights the importance of making a full and complete record of each hearing, and for judges to make clear findings of fact and conclusions of law on the record - and of advocacy in the process.
Watch the one hour class here.

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