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Once More about the Criticism of the “Government by Judiciary”. Getting Rid of the Myth

In France, it was Édouard Lambert’s book which painted the “government by judiciary” as a spectre, yet the origin of the expression, as well as its reality, are American. A thorough analysis of its theoretical premises allows us to demonstrate the inconsistency of the appropriation of this expression by French jurists. The denunciation of the government by judiciary has been misused and instrumentalized by a certain theory that denies the creative element in the work of judges and feeds the populist discourses eager to use any means to discredit justice. To criticize the government by judiciary in France is a sign of weakness. Unable to prove that the judge’s discourse is an expression of truth, some are attacking the results of judicial action as “political”. In doing so, they nourish the fear they intended to combat: to say that judges “govern” means to leave the field of judicial arguments and to enter the ideological arena.


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Référence électonique : Wanda MASTOR, "Once More about the Criticism of the “Government by Judiciary”. Getting Rid of the Myth", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°178, 178 - La Justice. regards critiques, p.37-50 . Consulté le 2022-12-01 11:37:03 . URL : https://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/Once-More-about-the-Criticism-of.html