Statement on the Independence of the Judiciary

12/5/2018

The ADTA Executive Committee voted to adopt the following statement of the ADTA Committee on the Independence of the Judiciary:
 
The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) speaks in support of John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who recently stated:
 
    "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.  What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.  That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for."
 

Every citizen, including the President of the United States, has the right to disagree with the decisions made by courts.  However, statements that denigrate the motivations of judges and suggest that their rulings are based on political affiliation are damaging to our civil justice system and have the effect of reducing public confidence in the fairness and impartiality of the judiciary. 
 
Parties who disagree with the decisions of a court have every right to appeal it on the merits and seek reconsideration.  Where there is disagreement with a court’s interpretation, citizens can also petition their elected representatives to amend a statute or implement regulations to clarify the result.  These checks and balances are at the heart of our federal system and reflect the view of the Founding Fathers to preserve a separation of powers among the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our federal government.    This separation of powers is not well served when one branch of government attacks another by making unfounded attacks on the ability of the judiciary to act as an impartial arbiter of justice in our society.   As lawyers who have dedicated our lives to the civil justice system, we understand the crucial importance of a free and independent judiciary and decry these unfounded statements that undermine the public’s confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary. 
 
The ADTA is a select group of defense attorneys which is limited to one member in any city with population up to one million persons.  The ADTA’s Committee on the Independence of the Judiciary has as its sole purpose preserving public confidence in the judiciary."

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