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Determinants of judicial efficiency: a survey

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Abstract Court delay has been much lamented about the world over. Judicial efficiency is one important element in keeping it under control. This paper surveys the available evidence concerning the determinants of differences in judges’ output. It points out weaknesses in the literature and makes a number of proposals how these could be relieved.

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  • Stefan Voigt, 2016. "Determinants of judicial efficiency: a survey," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 183-208, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ejlwec:v:42:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s10657-016-9531-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s10657-016-9531-6
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    Judicial efficiency; Judicial performance; Court delay;

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