The Art of Justice: The Judge’s Perspective
by Ruth Herz
Published by Hart Publishing, September 2012
ISBN number 1849461279
“The Art of Justice” should be given a sub title: The Secret Lives of Judges, rather than the Judges Perspective. Ruth Herz, a former judge, and now visiting Professor at Birkbeck, is at pains to point out that judges, despite their independent and impartial appearance are only human, with their own hobbies, talents or secret passions.
It is the not so secret passion of Judge Pierre Cavellat during his 40-year judicial career that drives this book, and appears to have inspired Herz to develop a passion for art criticism and interpretation. Part biography, part art critique, part social commentary with an added smidgeon of jurisprudence, the book explores how and why a well respected judge, a strict family man and product of his time, secretly and perhaps not so secretly took his pens and paper into court, not just to make notes but to sketch proceedings.