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Year 10/2021 
Volume 13 
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On the Relationship between Judicial Empathy and the Integrity of Judges

Mateusz Stępień
Jagiellonian University

10/2021 13 (3) Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia nad Prawem

DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.474


This paper dwells on the relationship between judicial empathy and integrity. It claims that for the emergence and proper functioning of judicial empathy as a kind of judicial virtue, a number of conditions needed to be fulfilled, including the development of judicial integrity. The paper aims to unpack this argument and to demonstrate judicial empathy and integrity in action as exemplified particularly by judicial behaviour observed during empirical research in Cracow lower courts. The overall perspective for examining the relationship between judicial empathy and integrity rests on the developmental vision of a judge. Although the presented research fits into the broader interest in judicial empathy and judicial virtues, the paper contains concrete examples of verbal and non-verbal behaviours of a judge that demonstrate how judicial empathy co-functions with other skills and virtues. In general, the paper opposes the marginalisation of judicial skills and virtues.


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Stępień, Mateusz (2021). On the Relationship between Judicial Empathy and the Integrity of Judges. (2021). On the Relationship between Judicial Empathy and the Integrity of Judges. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, 13(3), 98-113. https://doi.org/10.7206/kp.2080-1084.474 (Original work published 10/2021AD)

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Stępień, Mateusz. “On The Relationship Between Judicial Empathy And The Integrity Of Judges”. 10/2021AD. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, vol. 13, no. 3, 2021, pp. 98-113.

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Stępień, Mateusz. “On The Relationship Between Judicial Empathy And The Integrity Of Judges”. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia nad Prawem, 13, no. 3 (2021): 98-113. doi:10.7206/kp.2080-1084.474.