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Title: Judicial Reform: The U.S. and U.K. Experience


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Judicial Reform The U.S. and U.K. Experience
  • Richard E. Messick
  • World Bank
  • June 2004

2
  • Let us not turn to America in order to slavishly
    copy the institutions she has fashioned for
    herself but in order that we may better
    understand what suits us let us look for
    instruction rather than models.
  • Alexis De Toqueville, 1848

3
Three Lessons
  1. Process Never Ending
  2. Demands Real Data
  3. Opposition Can Be Overcome

4
1. Process Never Ends
  • English Experience --
  • First Effort 1340 Parliamentary inquiry into
    causes of court delay
  • Latest One - June 2005 Proposals to Reduce
    Delays in Criminal Trials

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2. Demands Real Data
  • U.S. -- Civil Justice Act of 1990
  • U.K. --Woolf Reforms of 1995

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3. Overcoming Opposition
  • Typical Sources
  • Lawyers, clerks, enforcement agents
  • Large debtors, tenants rights groups
  • Executive branch bureaucrats
  • Methods for Overcoming
  • Divide and conquer
  • Expand Debate/Information campaigns
  • Leadership
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