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L’ACJE leur décerne le Prix Dennis Theman

HONNEURS AUX JURISTES DE L’ÉTAT
ET AUX PROCUREURS DE LA COURONNE

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Le système judiciaire est malade

Les tribunaux canadiens étouffent sous le montant croissant et la complexite de la preuve

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Les négociations à la dure des avocats provinciaux

Un système judiciaire débordé constitue l’enjeu principal pour un bon nombre de provinces

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le Comité sénatorial des Affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles

Le 30 mai 2012, le nouveau président élu du CACC a déposé un témoignage devant le Comité sénatorial des Affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles concernant le projet de loi C-26, Loi modifiant le Code criminel

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Judgment, Identity, and Independence

Cassandra Burke Robertson*

      Whenever a new corporate or governmental scandal erupts, onlookers ask “Where were the lawyers?” Why would attorneys not have advised their clients of the risks posed by conduct that, from an outsider’s perspective, appears indefensible?  When numerous red flags have gone unheeded, people often conclude that the lawyers’ failure to sound the alarm must be caused by greed, incompetence, or both.  A few scholars have suggested that unconscious cognitive bias may better explain such lapses in judgment, but they have not explained why particular situations are more likely than others to encourage such bias.  This article seeks to fill that gap.  Drawing on research from behavioral and social psychology, it suggests that lawyers’ apparent lapses in judgment may be caused by cognitive biases arising from partisan kinship between lawyer and client.  The article uses identity theory to distinguish particular situations in which attorney judgment is likely to be compromised, and it recommends strategies to enhance attorney independence and minimize judgment errors. 

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