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5.5 LAW, Law

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Brian M. Barry, ‘Judging Better Together: Understanding the Psychology of Group Decision-Making on Panel Courts and Tribunals’ (2023) 14(1) International Journal for Court Administration 6.


While the psychological phenomena that affect group decisionmaking have been thoroughly investigated for decades, how these phenomena apply to decision-making by judges on panel courts is under-examined. This article examines the main psychological phenomena of group decision-making, both positive and negative, and considers their implications for panel courts and other groups of professional legal decision-makers such as adjudicators serving on tribunals. This article argues that experimental studies on judges and adjudicators testing the effects of these phenomena would improve understanding of legal decision-making by these groups and could help to devise ways to improve their decision-making processes to reach higher quality decisions. Some ideas and outlines for experimental studies are presented.



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