Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The traditional method was to permit the election of judges and give the public some input into the judicial system. However, when politics squirmed itself inside the system , judicial "elections" became tainted, partisan and in some cases, political scandals. The usual knee-jerk reaction is for "well-meaning" groups to dump the system and set up a new format for appointing judges.
What happened to our focus on "we the people" or public participation or democratic involvement? If the current system is not working because of corrupt politicians, why penalize the public? If anything, we need even stronger public participation. The public needs to have an open conversation about the dynamics of judicial selection to create the fair and honest system it was intended to be. If the various interest groups (both lay and legal) get what they want, the power and control will remain driven by special interests.
Think about this: you either take responsibility to create the kind of judicial system that works for all of us, or sit back and watch others give you the kind of judicial system that works for them.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Judge Eileen Nadelson of NYC speaks about an innovative program that will serve to resolve problems before they end up in court. During this interview on June 29th, 2006, the Judge discussed areas where the government and communities could be MORE EMPOWERED to resolve critical issues today through conversations and alternative actions.
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