Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1970

Abstract

The most efficient use of Ethiopia's limited legal resources might be promoted by a scheme which enabled the central administration in Addis Ababa to send provincial centers of law enforcement programmed instruction, which would enable even persons who have not had formal legal training to proceed, step by step, through the solution of a legal problem to its proper conclusion. This paper is concerned with one such form of programmed instruction, which involves the construction of what have been designated variously as "algorithms," "flow charts," "logical trees," or "decision trees."* The last term, "decision tree," will be used here, since it best expresses the purpose of the procedure: to assist local administrators to reach uniform and correct decisions in applying national law. For reasons of convenience, this article will discuss "decision trees" only as they might apply in penal law. It will be apparent, however, that the procedure could as easily find application in any area of codified law.

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