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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Smith, Christopher E.
United States magistrates in the federal courts.
New York : Praeger, 1990
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Christopher E Smith
|Description:||x, 198 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction The Federal Courts' Subordinate Judges The US Magistrates: Historical Background and election Procedures A Brief History of the US Magistrates and Their Powers Who Are The US Magistrates? Selection and Background Characteristics Magistrates' Roles Within Representative Court Contexts Magistrates' Roles in District Court District A: Status Conflicts, Unmet Expectations, and Limited Formal Authority District B: Acknowledged "Judges" and the Incongruigty of High Status and Limited Actual Authority Districts C and D: Authority and Independence Developmental Factors and Consequences of Magistrates' Roles Factors That Determine Magistrates' Roles The Consequences of a Subordinate Judicial Officer Conclusion Selected Bibliography Index|
|Responsibility:||Christopher E. Smith.|
?A study examines the role of federal magistrates in U.S. federal courts. Data were obtained from 1986-87 interviews with 21 magistrates, 20 judges and others, plus observation of 9 magistrates.