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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Literature, Judges and the Law

ISBN13: 9781846820793
Published: February 2008
Publisher: Four Courts Press
Country of Publication: Ireland
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

No standard format attaches to the composition of judgments by judges working within the Common Law dispensation. Normally, of course, we get a recital of the facts of the individual controversy, a statement of applicable legal doctrine, an analysis of precedent and an adjudication.

Increasingly, room has had to be found for the interpretation of statute law provisions, testimony to the exponential growth in contemporary society of public law. From time to time, however, members of the judiciary have found it useful to embellish their judgments by allusion to matters literary – quotations from the Bible or Shakespeare, for example. This is designed in almost all instances to sharpen the logic inherent in the judicial decision-making process.

This book examines a host of ‘fragments’ thus judicially recalled – from a range of jurisdictions (mainly England and Ireland) – and sets out to explain just a little bit more about the legal contexts which provoked the employment of these fragments and about the fragments themselves.

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