American Judges Association


Date of this Version

July 2004


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 41:2 (2004), pp. 20-24. Copyright © 2004 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


Election season is within sight again, and with it come the obligatory attacks on the judiciary. Some call it simply campaigning or electioneering, while others believe it is more serious and a form of “judge bashing.” Whatever name the problems are given, the entire election process may have a marked effect on the independence of our judiciary, as well as the ethics of judges and judicial candidates. And in the end, because these problems affect the public’s faith in the judicial system, they must be addressed.

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