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Procedural Justice, Lawrence B. Solum Feb 2004

Procedural Justice, Lawrence B. Solum

University of San Diego Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series

Procedural Justice offers a theory of procedural fairness for civil dispute resolution.

The Article begins in Part I, Introduction, with two observations. First, the function of procedure is to particularize general substantive norms so that they can guide action. Second, the hard problem of procedural justice corresponds to the following question: How can we regard ourselves as obligated by legitimate authority to comply with a judgment that we believe (or even know) to be in error with respect to the substantive merits? This Article responds to the challenge posed by the hard question of procedural justice.

That theory is developed …