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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

October 17, 2013

A stopgap measure will provide $51 million in additional funds for the federal judiciary and for defender services. JAS welcomed it but said the sum is "nowhere near" what the courts need. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

October 16, 2013

A Philadelphia Daily News editorial applauded a proposal for merit selection of Pennsylvania judges and a JAS partner group that has pushed for this reform. Gavel Grab has more.

October 16, 2013

It's time for New Jersey's Republican governor and state Senate Democratic foes to move beyond a “judicial impasse” over nominations to the state Supreme Court, a Trenton Times editorial said. For more, see Gavel Grab.

October 11, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said diversity helps bring different viewpoints to the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab

October 10, 2013

If the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on into late next week, the federal courts now have enough fee balances to keep operating through Oct. 17. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

October 10, 2013

Touting the importance of diversity on the bench, a Miami Herald op-ed called on President Obama to work to enhance racial diversity on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. For details, check out Gavel Grab.

October 7, 2013

“Impeaching judges for making unpopular decisions would subject the nation’s judiciary to a political circus,” a Toledo (Ohio) Blade editorial said, echoing concerns raised recently by Justice at Stake. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

October 4, 2013

Missouri’s nationally recognized merit selection system for selecting top judges could face still another attack. Gavel Grab has more.

October 3, 2013

Praveen Fernandes of Justice at Stake warned that depending on the duration of a government shutdown, "as employees are furloughed and case backlogs mount, access to justice will be harmed." See Gavel Grab for more.

October 2, 2013

Two ex-judges will chair a task force for the N.J. Bar Association, created to recommend fixes for an ongoing conflict between the Republican governor and the state Senate’s Democratic majority over judicial appointments. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

September 30, 2013

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice stated strong support for a ruling sought to bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending in Michigan. For details, see Gavel Grab.

September 27, 2013

Justice at Stake criticized threats to impeach judges over a court decision as “way out of the American mainstream” and urged citizens to be vigilant about attacks on impartial courts. Read more at Gavel Grab.

September 26, 2013

On the 32nd anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s taking the oath of office for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Ginsburg has written a personal tribute to her trailblazing colleague. Gavel Grab has more.

September 25, 2013

The Senate unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes, a Justice Department lawyer, to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he will become the first openly gay judge on a U.S. appeals court. Learn more from Gavel Grab

September 23, 2013

Ohio state Rep. John Becker has urged the start of impeachment proceedings against a federal judge who recognized the marriage of a same-sex couple that wed out of state. For more, see Gavel Grab.

September 20, 2013

President Obama nominated Diane Humetewa of the Hopi Tribe for a federal judgeship in Arizona. If confirmed, she would become the first female Native American to serve on the U.S. bench. Gavel Grab has more.

September 18, 2013

Justice at Stake and 26 other nonpartisan organizations have asked Congress to make a priority of restoring adequate funding for the federal courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

September 17, 2013

JAS applauded an Arizona Supreme Court ruling as a decisive victory for fair and impartial courts. The ruling struck down a new judicial selection law. Learn details from Gavel Grab.

September 12, 2013

The Michigan State Bar is asking the Secretary of State for a declaratory ruling that would require donors to disclose their spending in judicial elections. For more, see Gavel Grab.

September 11, 2013

A Senate panel held a hearing on legislation to create 91 new federal appeals and district court judgeships. Afterward, Justice at Stake urged bipartisan cooperation to pass “this commonsense legislation.” Find out more from Gavel Grab.

September 10, 2013

A veteran federal trial judge said the across-the-board cuts called sequestration are raising costs for taxpayers and potentially making us less safe. Gavel Grab has details.

September 6, 2013

Taking to the radio airwaves, Justice at Stake talked about the harmful effects of sequestration on our courts and about an uncertain outlook for adequate court funding ahead. For more, see Gavel Grab.

September 5, 2013

The Kansas Senate voted 32-8 to confirm Caleb Stegall for the Court of Appeals, yet debate raged on about the new judicial selection process used by Gov. Sam Brownback to nominate him. Gavel Grab has more.

September 4, 2013

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett says he finds judicial elections “toxic to the idea of an impartial, independent judiciary” and would like to bid them good-bye. See Gavel Grab for details.

September 3, 2013

When federal judges warn that the courts are facing a funding crisis, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa should pay attention, declares a Des Moines Register editorial. For more, read Gavel Grab.



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