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THE POLITICIZING OF OUR JUDICIARY
Concerns to be explored and how we can move forward:
Fair and impartial courts are the guarantor of equal justice in American constitutional
Democracy. The very legitimacy of the courts depends on the public belief that judges
will treat every party without bias or favor, and that any party, regardless of wealth or
connections, can have a fair day in court. But public confidence in the courts is at a crisis
point. Americans are increasingly concerned about the influence of politics and money
on the courts. Three in every four Americans believe campaign cash affects courtroom
decisions —and , alarmingly, nearly half of state court judges believe the same.
There has also been a quieter political push targeting state courts —which hear more
than 95% of all cases nationwide. In state legislatures across the country, a wave of bills in recent years has sought to limit courts’ power or politically manipulate the judiciary.