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Featured Program: Least Understood Branch

The “Least Understood Branch” initiative was unveiled in 2006 to bolster public understanding of, and confidence in, our courts. It was developed by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and the ABA’s Judicial Division, with help from the National Center for State Courts, Justice at Stake Campaign, and the League of Women Voters.

Employing materials that include a DVD, a “toolkit” of resource materials and two brochures about “Countering the Critics” (Pamphlet I and Pamphlet II) the program has trained people around the country to speak to members of their communities about our courts. 

Here’s how a Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch editorial summarized the program's central message: 

“The essential point to be communicated to voters is that judges are different from other elected officials. They do not represent any group or ideology. Their job is to take the facts of a case and apply the law to produce a decision that is true to the law, regardless of how they feel about the outcome and regardless of who is helped or hurt. Naturally, this can lead to unpopular decisions.” “If Ohio's lawyers and judges can help people understand the justice system, democracy will be well-served.”

Least Understood Branch: To Learn More 

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