Verne Lawyer


Much as been written concerning the doctrine of governmental immunity and the doubtful justice of its application. This article is aimed toward a discussion of the role of the courts in the rise and decline of the doctrine in the United States with primary emphasis upon the reasoning behind the court decisions. The multitude of cases in which this doctrine is invoked presents a zig-zag pattern of conflict in the thinking of the courts, some of which adhere to a rigid rule of stare decisis, others of which attempt to modify and adapt the doctrine to the rapidly expanding present day litigation, and a few of which advocate its complete abolition.