Frank, Jerome [1889-1957]. Courts on Trial: Myth and Reality in American Justice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1949. xii, 441 pp. Cloth in lightly edgeworn dust jacket. $75. * First edition. In this work Frank stressed the uncertainties and fallibility of the judicial process. It was his most significant work after Law and the Modern Mind. Jerome New Frank (September 10, 1889 - January 13, 1957) was an American legal philosopher and author who played a leading role in the legal realism movement. He was Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Contents: I. The Needless Mystery of Court House Government. II. Fights and Rights. III. Facts Are Guesses. IV. Modern Legal Magic. V. Wizards and Lawyers. VI. The "Fight" Theory versus the "Truth" Theory. VII. The Procedural Reformers. VIII. The Jury System. IX. Defenses of the Jury System - Suggested Reforms. X. Are Judges Human? XI. Psychological Approaches. XII. Criticism of Trial-Court Decisions - The Gestalt. XIII. A Trial as a Communicative Process. XIV. "Legal Science" and "Legal Engineering." XV. The Upper-Court Myth. XVI. Legal Education. XVII.
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