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Lay Judgments of Legal Decision-Making: The Ineffectiveness of Legal Expert Opinions

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In a previous study we found that lay people’s judgments of the judicial decision-making process were highly contingent on the outcome of the courts' decisions, which means that the legitimacy of the judiciary is somewhat tenuous. In this study we examine whether the public’s judgments might be moderated by professional elites, namely, legal experts. We find that experts’ commentaries did not alter participants' evaluations of the courts' decisions. Moreover, participants heralded the experts when they agreed with their commentaries, but dismissed the experts when they disagreed with them.
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Simon, Dan. and Scurich, Nicholas. "Lay Judgments of Legal Decision-Making: The Ineffectiveness of Legal Expert Opinions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APLS Conference, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR., Mar 07, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p632589_index.html>

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Simon, D. and Scurich, N. , 2013-03-07 "Lay Judgments of Legal Decision-Making: The Ineffectiveness of Legal Expert Opinions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APLS Conference, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR. <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p632589_index.html

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Abstract: In a previous study we found that lay people’s judgments of the judicial decision-making process were highly contingent on the outcome of the courts' decisions, which means that the legitimacy of the judiciary is somewhat tenuous. In this study we examine whether the public’s judgments might be moderated by professional elites, namely, legal experts. We find that experts’ commentaries did not alter participants' evaluations of the courts' decisions. Moreover, participants heralded the experts when they agreed with their commentaries, but dismissed the experts when they disagreed with them.


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