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Defending Justice Essay Series

Essays on the Courts

The Defending Justice, a joint production of Standing Committee on the American Justice System and the ABA Journal, provides a series of thoughtful essays about topics related to judicial independence written by prominent judges, lawyers, ABA members, and advocates for fair, impartial, effective courts.

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What is Independent Judiciary?

An independent judiciary is necessary to ensure the rule of law is respected. Judicial independence means that judges are not subject to pressure and influence and are free to make impartial decisions based solely on fact and law. An independent judge can assure that your case will be decided according to the law and the facts­ and not a shifting political climate.

ABA-FJC Summer Institute for Teachers

Judicial Independence

The Division for Public Education and Federal Judicial Center held a virtual program for teachers in 2021 in which a group of respected experts, including judges, attorneys, and law professors discussed the importance of judicial independence.

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