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"Man märker att folk tycker olika, men på papperet ser det ut som om alla tycker samma sak.": En intervjustudie om nämndemän i tingsrätten.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2008 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, ISSN 0029-1528, no 1, 66-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

The essay focuses on the way Swedish lay judges describe their role in the judicial system and in relation to the law, and what meanings and understandings these descriptions express. The study is based on four focus group interviews and five individual interviews with lay judges. The lay judges are appointed by political parties and usually are members of the appointing parties, but despite that they dispute the idea that their role as lay judges is related to their political standpoints. Several respondents indicate that lay judges ideally stand for what the author labels “the policy of the decent citizen”. When describing the deliberation process in the court room, there is a general tendency among respondents to refer to legal decision-making as “arbitration”, where different bids are presented and consensus is reached on the final verdict. Indeed, the respondents seem to equate the idea of justice itself with that of consensus. The author concludes that his respondents, in their aspiration for consensus in legal conclusions, reconstruct the view of law and justice as something absolute and complete – although they express that there can be varying judicial opinions below the surface.

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2008. no 1, 66-82 p.
Keyword [en]
nämndemän, rättegång, straff, domare
National Category
Law (excluding Law and Society) Law and Society Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15687OAI: diva2:182207
Available from: 2009-01-16 Created: 2009-01-16 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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