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dc.contributor.authorAcharya, Nayha
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-02T12:20:59Z
dc.date.available2017-06-02T12:20:59Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/72948
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an inquiry into the legitimacy of judicial fact-finding in civil litigation. Judges make authoritative factual findings in conditions of uncertainty and the decision-making process cannot, and does not, guarantee the accuracy of those outcomes. Given the inevitable risk of error, on what basis is the authority of judicial fact-finding legitimate? This project provides a framework of procedural legitimacy that bridges two unavoidable aspects of adjudication: factual indeterminacy and the need for justifiably authoritative dispute resolution. This work draws of the legal theories of Lon Fuller and Jurgen Habermas to substantiate the notion of procedural legitimacy in the context of judicial fact-finding. The framework of procedural legitimacy is then applied to three doctrinal discourses relevant to personal injury litigation: use of scientific evidence, proof of causation, and use of probabilistic reasoning in assessing damages awards.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLegal theoryen_US
dc.subjectMedical Negligenceen_US
dc.subjectProcedural legitimacyen_US
dc.subjectHabermas, Jürgenen_US
dc.subjectCivil procedureen_US
dc.subjectEvidenceen_US
dc.subjectFact-findingen_US
dc.subjectFuller, Lon L. (Lon Luvois), 1902-1978en_US
dc.subjectCausationen_US
dc.subjectSimple Probabilityen_US
dc.subjectPersonal injuryen_US
dc.subjectScientific evidenceen_US
dc.subjectExpertsen_US
dc.titleThe Virtue of Process: Finding the Legitimacy of Judicial Fact-Finding in Personal Injury Litigationen_US
dc.date.defence2017-05-18
dc.contributor.departmentFaculty of Lawen_US
dc.contributor.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerProfessor Allan Hutchinsonen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorProfessor Jocelyn Downieen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerProfessor Sheila Wildemanen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerProfessor Vaughan Blacken_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorProfessor Richard Devlinen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseYesen_US
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