May 01, 2013 Introduction

Reflections on a Cup Half Empty or a Cup Half Full

By Judge Michele D. Hotten

The American system consists of three independent branches of government—the executive, the legislative, and the judicial—coexisting and serving as a check and balance for one another. However, the independence of these branches does not necessarily translate into the promise of equal power, particularly the power of the purse.

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of Maryland once remarked that the only currency the judiciary possesses is the trust and confidence of the people. If that is so, then how do the courts garner that trust and confidence and, in turn, translate such “currency” into securing what we need in order to deliver equal justice for all?

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