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L'épreuve orale. Les magistrats administratifs face aux audiences de reconduite à la frontière
Droit et société (2009)
  • Mathilde Cohen, University of Connecticut
Abstract
This article studies a special type of deportation hearings and its status in French administrative courts. Until a 2006 legislative reform, this proceeding was the only one in French administrative litigation giving rise to hearings where all the parties were present, including: the claimants, their counsel, and the representatives of the immigration agency. Each party could set out its case and cross-examine the other party. The paper analyzes the way in which administrative judges deal with this irruption of orality in their work, traditionally dominated by a written procedure, and the meaning they give to the hearing in (re)defining their profession. The “APRF” hearings are paradoxical. While judges often look down upon them, considering them as a “dirty job,” the proceedings increasingly constitute a quality control device used to monitor judicial performance.
Keywords
  • Immigration Courts,
  • Judges,
  • Sociology of the Professions
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Mathilde Cohen. "L'épreuve orale. Les magistrats administratifs face aux audiences de reconduite à la frontière" Droit et société Vol. 72 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mathilde_cohen/2/