American Judges Association


Date of this Version

July 2004


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 41:2 (2004), pp. 10-12. Copyright © 2004 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


This article will outline a number of ideas for communications that could help to promote stronger public support for the courts when they do come under attack. The ideas take into consideration the desires, motivations, and values of the American public that have been learned from years of conducting national and statewide public opinion research on the judicial system for clients such as the ACLU, Justice at Stake Project, the Youth Law Center, and the Open Society Institute, among others. Here are some of the observations on American public opinion that lead to suggestions for court advocates.

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