A court of justice often appears, at the eyes of someone who is not part of the legal world, as something mysterious and unknown (Latour 2002). The courts are characterized for being "opaque institutions" (Meyer, Rowan 2000). These "temples of the law" (Barshack 2000), basing their work on procedures and highly specialized language, are often perceived as closed contexts, away from the society in which operate. In the light of the debate of the Sociology of Professions, on the bases of the data collected during an ethnographic research developed in over two years in four Italian justice courts, this paper aspires to reflect on features and peculiarities of a crucial profession to the protection of citizens’ rights and to the exercise of jurisdiction as that of the judges. This paper aims to go beyond the prescriptive level of norms and procedures which formally govern the operation of court of justice, to study the practical activities of the judges, for move beyond the "institutional facade" of the justice court for highlight and to reflect on what judges daily do in the exercise of their functions.

Behind the Desk of the Judge: An Ethnographic Research on the Profession of the Italian Judges

VERZELLONI, LUCA
2010

Abstract

A court of justice often appears, at the eyes of someone who is not part of the legal world, as something mysterious and unknown (Latour 2002). The courts are characterized for being "opaque institutions" (Meyer, Rowan 2000). These "temples of the law" (Barshack 2000), basing their work on procedures and highly specialized language, are often perceived as closed contexts, away from the society in which operate. In the light of the debate of the Sociology of Professions, on the bases of the data collected during an ethnographic research developed in over two years in four Italian justice courts, this paper aspires to reflect on features and peculiarities of a crucial profession to the protection of citizens’ rights and to the exercise of jurisdiction as that of the judges. This paper aims to go beyond the prescriptive level of norms and procedures which formally govern the operation of court of justice, to study the practical activities of the judges, for move beyond the "institutional facade" of the justice court for highlight and to reflect on what judges daily do in the exercise of their functions.
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