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Jurisdictionnal fonction or Judicial Power ?

Pouvoirs n°16 - La justice - janvier 1981 - p.5-15

The question of the alleged existence of a third Power, beside the Legislative and the Executive, the Judiciary, that gave rise to sharp clashes at the end of the 19th century, must be reexamined, but solely from a descriptive, rather than a normative point of view. As a matter of fact, the function exercised by judges is undoubtedly of a political character, for it implies the power to give an authentic interpretation of statutes, i.e. a discretionnary power. Nevertheless, if that function is political, its possession does not give the owner the status of a third Power. First because, unlike the Legislative or the Executive, judges do not constitue a single authority. Secondly, because the structure of judicial motivation prevents judges from expressing and translating their political preferences into the form of judicial decisions.


Référence électonique : Michel TROPER, "Jurisdictionnal fonction or Judicial Power ?", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°16, 16 - La justice, p.5-15. Consulté le 2017-11-24 16:07:52 . URL : http://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Jurisdictionnal-fonction-or.html