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A Well-Traveled Lot: A Research Note on Judicial Travel by U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Black, Ryan C.; Owens, Ryan J.; Armaly, Miles T.

The justice system journal -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group -- Volume: 37 4; (pages 367-384) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    A Well-Traveled Lot: A Research Note on Judicial Travel by U.S. Supreme Court Justices
  • Author: Black, Ryan C.;
    Owens, Ryan J.;
    Armaly, Miles T.
  • Found In: The justice system journal. Volume 37:Number 4(2016); 20161001; 367-384
  • Journal Title: The justice system journal
  • Subjects: Justice, Administration of; Court administration; Court administration; Justice, Administration of; LCSH: Justice, Administration of; LCSH: Court administration; Dewey: 347.7313
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT

    Today’s Supreme Court justices are said to be a “well-traveled lot,” with some scholars and policymakers wondering whether to curtail judicial travel. Absent from much of this debate, however, are data. Relying on justices’ financial disclosure statements from 2002–2012, we examine which justices travel, how often, and for what purpose. We discover that justices are indeed well traveled and that their travel patterns are not random. Certain justices have a greater propensity to travel. What is more, personal, legal, and political factors predict travel. These findings assist the normative discussion about the role of judicial travel and aim to raise broader questions about judicial motivations.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 0098-261X
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100035878781.0x000001

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