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"This crisis of confidence in the judiciary is real and growing. Left unaddressed, the perception that justice is for sale will undermine the rule of law that the courts are supposed to uphold."
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Why Judges as Educators?

 "It's important for judges to be visible in the community, so the public can see them as individuals and public servants, and take their measure." -Russell Carparelli, Colorado Court of Appeals judge 

Judges historically have stayed out of the public eye, looking to bar associations to carry the message for them. But as courts and judges have come under more direct fire in recent years, judges must play an increasing role in building public trust.

Moreover, a 2012 poll on court funding by Justice at Stake and the National Center for State Courts affirms that judges and retired judges are especially trusted messengers on court-related issues. Anecdotally, audiences at adult court-education programs have expressed a high level of enthusiasm about presentations by judges.

When judges “can come out from behind the bench and interact with the community, it helps to humanize them and put a personal face on them,” says Malia Reddick, director of the Quality Judges Initiative for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. “It’s important for the public to see that judges see it as a priority – to take their personal time to engage them.”

Why Adult Education?
Civic Knowledge and Public Trust
Civic Ed: Polls & Facts





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