Judicial Culture and the Political Legal Opportunity Structure

Judicial Culture and the Political Legal Opportunity Structure

Judicial culture can be described as the set of beliefs that are commonly agreed upon and that which governs the approach of the judges. New Zealand places a strong emphasis on the rule of law. It has displayed a commitment to the traditions of the common law. The courts in New Zealand do not carry the power to declare Parliamentary acts as unconstitutional.

New Zealand has underwent significant political change over the years. Its conservative attitude has been challenged. The change is noted to be gradual. It is also praised for its low level of corruption and high rate of political participation. It has a low power distance culture.

Nancy Sproul

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