by Judge R. Michael Key

Is Doing Justice Really Enough?

When I became a juvenile court judge in 1989, I thought my charge was simply to do justice, to embrace the mantra of justice for all without regard for the person and without favor or retribution, a noble and challenging calling in and of itself.  Somewhere along the way, I have come to realize, as fulfilling and important as that charge might be, doing justice while resolving specific disputes between parties does little to address the collateral damage inherent in our court system’s adversarial process, and even less to help the parties and their fa

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