The Impact of Juvenile Court Judge Ethical Orientation on Decision Making

Dennis W. Catlin, Carlos E. Posadas, Lisa J. Bond-Maupin, James R. Maupin

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This exploratory study examines the ethical ideologies of a sample of 76 juvenile court judges attending a conference using an Ethical Position Questionnaire. Potential effects of ethical orientation on judicial decision making are identified and discussed. The findings indicate a relatively even distribution of judges across ethical ideologies. The connection between ethical ideology and the prevailing juvenile justice philosophy across jurisdictions, and the importance and complexity of judicial education and training in juvenile justice, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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