Decision-Making Process for Judges – How to Decide, what do Judges listen to

Start Date: Monday, February 06, 2012
End Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Category: Professional Practice
Venue: Trier
Country: Germany
Leading organisation: Deutsche Richterakademie
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): German
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Wiebke Dettmers
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Contact phone: +49 30 18580 6971

Course Description

The conference is targeted basically at judges of all courts, but also at public prosecutors.
Judges are just people like anyone else. Even if they strive at being objective according to the law and without regarding the person, many factors still influence the judgement.
What significance does communication have for the decision-making process during the proceedings? This is to be found out in moderated exchanges of experience with practical examples. And to what extent is there freedom of will in a decision? A short excursion to neurobiology will give us important clues to clarify this basically philosophical question. The major part of this meeting will be dedicated to psychological aspects: distorted perception, lies and other influences on decision-making; the burden of decision-making and overcoming strategies.