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The freedom of the judges

Judges, be they professional or occasional, should know where to stop :
they should not substitute their decision to that of the political authorities
since they are free from any of the responsibilities attached to political
Rather than describing a function, the term « judge » seems to become
a label describing a legitimizing institution : the duty to judge seems to
disappear inevitably while, at the same time, the right to judge, i.e. to
interpret the law, is being claimed by an increasing number of judges,
even in cases of out-of-court settlements.
The fragile freedom of the magistrate lies in the delicate balance between
the traditional duty to judge and the claim of being the judge.


Référence électonique : Thierry S. RENOUX , "The freedom of the judges", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°74, 74 - Les juges, p.56-71 . Consulté le 2023-03-23 08:11:37 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-freedom-of-the-judges.html