Subcommittee on State Courts

Judicial Independence The Standing Committee on Judicial Independence serves as the ABA's clearinghouse of information on judicial independence and judicial selection in state, local and administrative judiciary.
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Friday, August 8, 2014,
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.,
Hynes Convention Center, Room 203
Boston, Mass

Fourth Annual Forum on Judicial Independence:
How Judges,
Lawyers, and the Public are Influenced by Media Coverage of the Courts

Celebrities on trial! Courts deciding social issues! Money in judicial elections! Jurors selling their stories! Interbranch fighting! Trying the case in the press! Attacks on judges! Freedom of speech! Open courts!

Media coverage of high profile cases, controversial decisions, and judicial elections gets attention. But what impact does it have on how lawyers try cases, how judges decide them, or on public understanding of the judicial system? With these questions as the framework, a moderated discussion will provide perspectives from the bench, bar, and media. The program will offer practical and ethical advice about how judges can respond to negative press, how lawyers should deal with the media, how to interact with the media effectively, and whether the media has any responsibility to ensure fair courts or the selection of qualified judges. Panelists will discuss when and how the media should have access to information and relevant legal standards with which judges, lawyers, and the media should be familiar. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panelists, all of whom have extensive experience trying, hearing, deciding, or covering high profile cases.