In her new article “What’s politics have to do with it? Reinvigorating our defense of state courts” Florida Supreme Court Justice and NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee Co-Chair Barbara Pariente explores the escalation of politically motivated attacks on state courts, citing examples from Iowa, Florida, Kansas, and more. Her article also provides insight into judicial selection processes, and distinguished state court judges from federal judges. Justice Pariente encourages individuals to become informed about the role of the judicial branch and to “…become a voice for judicial independence…”
This article is part of the Defending Justice series, a joint project of the ABA Journal and the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. Through this series, the ABA will be publishing pieces authored by lawyers, judges, and others that examine various aspects of the topic of judicial independence, including “fairness, impartiality, access to justice, and adherence to the rule of law.” To access articles in this series, visit http://www.abajournal.