Standing Committee on the American Judicial System

Protecting fair and impartial courts. Improving the administration of justice. Ensuring adequate court funding. Defending against unfair attacks on the judicial branch. 

SCAJS Information

The Standing Committee on the American Judicial System was created by the ABA House of Delegates in 2014 to expand upon the work of its predecessor entities, the Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements and the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. It will also continue the work of the Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System. The Standing Committee on the American Judicial System will focus on protecting fair and impartial courts, improving the administration of justice, ensuring adequate court funding, and defending against unfair attacks on the judicial branch. It will support efforts to increase public understanding about the role of the judiciary and the importance of fair courts within the American democracy.

Subcommittee on Federal Courts

The mission of the Subcommittee on Federal Courts is to - Carry out the mission of the Standing Committee with regard to the federal judicial system. - Study, monitor, and make recommendations regarding (i) the appropriate compensation for federal judges, (ii) the adequacy of the number of federal judgeships, including authorization of additional judgeships and filling judicial vacancies, and (iii) the adequacy of the funding of the federal judicial system. Work and maintain liaison with the federal judiciary and other appropriate government officials and court-related entities to support and improve the fair and effective administration of justice in the federal judicial system. - Work with the ABA Governmental Affairs Office and maintain liaison with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, and other persons and organizations concerned with judicial reform related to the federal judicial system.

Subcommittee on State Courts

The mission of the Subcommittee on State Courts is to - Carry out the mission of the Standing Committee with regard to state, local, and other non-federal American judicial systems. - Support efforts to increase public understanding of judicial selection and retention methods and to increase informed citizen participation in states where judges are subject to election of any kind. - Make recommendations regarding appropriate compensation for state and local judges, creation and filling of needed judgeships, and adequate funding of state and local judicial systems. - Work with state and local courts and bar associations and maintain liaison with other persons and organizations concerned with judicial reform related to state courts and judicial selection, with the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Center for State Courts, and with other appropriate government officials and court-related entities.

Defending Justice: Essay on Judicial Indepedence

A joint production of the ABA Journal and the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. These thoughtful essays delve into fairness, impartiality, access to justice and adherence to the rule of law. Judges and lawyers reflect on the American judicial system, its status in the world and its willingness to address faults honestly.