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Interventions and Power in Judicial Hierarchies: Appellate Courts in England and the United States

NCJ Number
Law and Society Review Volume: 24 Issue: 1 Dated: (1990) Pages: 71-103
B Atkins
Date Published
This article examines the role of American and British appellate courts.
The data focus on the intervention behavior of the immediate appellate courts and their interaction with their respective courts of last resorts and reveal more similarities than differences. The American and British judicial hierarchies differ in their relation to their respective political systems. The American model is highly integrated into the mainstream of political activity, while the British model is much less so. The recruitment of British judges shows virtually no trace of partisanship, and the political saliency and content of the judges' decisions are far less obvious than that of their counterparts in the United States. 34 notes, 5 tables, 48 references. (Publisher abstract modified)