It is a critical time for all citizens, and especially lawyers, to remain vigilant to protect the independence of the judiciary.
In recent years, and in recent days, attacks on the judiciary have increased, while public understanding of the essential role of the judiciary has diminished.
Because the judiciary is constrained from defending itself publicly and is limited in its ability to explain its role to the public, the organized bar must directly and forcefully address these attacks and defend the judiciary. Our constitutional democracy depends on the proper separation of powers, which of course includes an independent judiciary.
The American Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and other professional law organizations have steadfastly supported the independence of the judiciary and the status of the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government.
In the words of the American College of Trial Lawyers, “while our courts must be accountable, the College believes they should be accountable to the Constitution and the rule of law [rather] than to politicians and special interest groups.”
The privilege of practicing law carries with it the sacred obligation to protect the rule of law, one of the elements of which is an independent judiciary.