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Editors in Charge of this Volume:
CARL KELSEY, Ph. D.
University of Pennsylvania
New York City
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
36TH AND WOODLAND AVENUE
Copyright, 1917, by
All rights reserved
ENGLAND: P.S. King & Son, Ltd., 2 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, S. W.
THE DEMAND FOR IMPROVED JUDICIAL MACHINERY. SHALL PROCEDURE
The forward looking minds of America are giving thought to the changes and developments in our own domestic institutions which must, despite the stress of war times, be controlled and forwarded. One of the first of the topics to which national attention should be called is the simplification of our machinery of justice with a view to its greater efficiency. The period of much talk about judicial reform of a few years ago is now passing into the period of accomplishment. And of plans for re-formation, the Academy believes that the plan herewith presented by the committee of which Mr. Jessup is Chairman, together with the accompanying papers, is well conceived and eminently worthy of thought and of permanent record. The facts as to the committee are given in the footnote on the first page.
This plan and the papers following it are founded on careful study and research and deliberate discussion. The Academy bespeaks from all its readers the thoughtful attention the papers deserve. This is a topic that warrants deliberation and study. In this subject there is no place for a decision based on the hearsay findings of a Committee on Rumor. For as is the machinery of justice so will be the justice meted out to property, to liberty, to life istelf.
Just what parts of our machinery of justice need simplification and why? What changes have been proposed and what adopted? What changes in the constitution are necessary? In practice acts? In laws of evidence? In judicial administration? What is wrong with our justiciary machine and what must we do to set it right?
These are the questions the Academy wanted answered in this volume for the guidance and convenience of its members. Messrs. Jessup and Kelsey have done well their tasks as special editors with full responsibility for the volume, and the Academy herewith bespeaks from all its readers the appreciation that is their due.
CLYDE L. KING,