Abstracts: April 25th, 2001

Raine J WThe International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 2000 Vol 13 No 5. Start page: 390. No of pages: 28

Investigates how the courts are interpreting the UK Governments ‘modernization’ programme; examines the main features of the reform agenda. Identifies these as doing it – altogether, better, cost-effectively, democratically, efficiently, faster and for Government; discusses how each of these have impacted on the courts. Analyses the difficulties of transplanting a ‘consumer-orientated’ programme into the legal system; highlights the tensions between different stakeholder groups. Explores issues relating to the selection of judges and magistrates, and the proposed changes to the right to a jury trial. Probes whether the changes will result in courts becoming more cost effective; spotlights the tighter financial regime of fixed budgets for the courts and the lack of resources. Criticizes the fact that the courts agenda is being set by central Government; looks in depth at issues relating to accountability and the erosion of judicial independence. Puts forward that the courts should develop their own modernization agenda to meet their particular circumstances; spells out an alternative agenda around four main themes – financial, jurisdictional, sentencing, public accountability. Concludes by stressing the need for the separation of powers and for a strong independent judiciary.


Style: Theoretical with worked example, Case study

ISSN: 0951-3558. Reference: 29AY441

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