Independence of the Judiciary
The ABA supports legislation to preserve and the decisional and institutional independence of the federal judiciary and opposes efforts that undermine the judicial process. Today, court funding cutbacks due to sequestration and persistently high numbers of judicial vacancies are robbing the judiciary of the resources it needs to deliver impartial and timely justice. The ABA urges the 113th Congress to protect the judiciary from further deficit reduction and to increase its FY 2014 appropriation to an amount no less than its original FY 2013 appropriation. The ABA also urges the President and the Senate to work with common purpose to expedite the confirmation process and significantly reduce the vacancy rate. In recognition of the interdependence of the state and federal judicial systems, and the budgetary cutbacks facing state court systems across the nation, the ABA urges Congress to reintroduce and enact the Crime Victim Restitution and Court Fee Intercept Act.