Book Synopsis2011 Reprint of 1921 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this famous treatise, Cardozo describes in simple and understandable language the conscious and unconscious processes by which a judge decides a case. He discusses the sources of information to which he appeals for guidance and analyzes the contribution that considerations of precedent, logical consistency, custom, social welfare, and the standards of justice and morals have in shaping his decisions. This is a classic text on the subject.