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Paul Scholten Colloquium with Nina Holvast (PSC). Title: Six factors that determine the role and influence of judicial assistants/law clerks on judicial decision-making

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Date 7 June 2016
Time 12:00 - 13:00
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room Venue: Oudemanhuispoort, room C123

Room Venue: Oudemanhuispoort, room C123

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam

Research colloquium, organised by the Paul Scholten Centre. This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. A copy of the paper can be obtained via


This paper is part of the dissertation of Nina Holvast. The first section conceptualises the empirical findings of earlier chapters of the dissertation by distinguishing the main elements that define the type and degree of involvement of judicial assistants in judicial decision-making. It emphasises the fact that the interaction between judges and judicial assistants is thereby key. The second section delineates six crucial factors, which emerge from the fieldwork, that affect the involvement of judicial assistants and thereby their potential to have influence. The paper ends with an analysis of the main similarities and differences between the studied courts and court sections (criminal law and administrative law). It reveals that, although some variation in found – particularly between courts sections, overall, individual and situational characteristics are more important in defining the role of judicial assistants than court/court-section characteristics.