The book addresses judicial reforms in a number of post-socialist countries, including Poland, Bulgaria, Baltic states, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and several other former Sovier republics. The focal point is the impact of the Soviet past (Soviet attitude towards law, specifics of early Soviet criminal law, the role of Soviet courts and the phenomenon of the Soviet judicial mentality) on judicial and police reforms.
In present article the question of Justice of the Peace establishment is concerned, debatable questions about new institution to Russian empire are emphasized; also the new court system established as a result of Alexander's II reforms, is discussed.
Із традиційною свободою думки, саркастичной аргументовано Ричард Познер береться змалювати не тільки наявну традицію суддівського мислення, а й ту, якою вона має бути. Зрозумілой дотепно автор роз’яснює відмінності між визначеними ним дев’ятьма ііггеллектуальними стилями правосуддя, наводить докази існування прірви між науковцями-нравниками та суддями, окреслює прагматичний підхід до правосуддя.
This article focuses on the American experience of guaranteeing decisional independence of judges. Historically the United States turned to be the pioneer in the area of legislative regulation of the status of judiciary power. With forming the normative base of both functioning of judiciary and the status of judges the following factor (which was repeatedly emphasized by the Founding Fathers) was taken into consideration: actual separation of powers is impossible without independent judiciary, and thus institutional independence of judiciary is impossible without decisional independence of individual judges. The article includes some comments of American judges regarding the essence generating prestige and institutional independence of the American judiciary and the qualities necessary for a good judge. The article also describes the doctrine of judicial activism.