American Judges Association



David Prince

Date of this Version



57 Ct. Rev. ___ (2021).


Used by permission.


The world—and we in the courts—faced a unique set of challenges in 2020. In this issue, we look for lessons from the social protest movements of the last year. As judges, we are dedicated to achieving actual fairness and impartiality; at the same time, we are limited in the roles we can play in advocating for or against contemplated reforms.

We in the courts can be of two minds in discussing reforms. We cherish the strengths of our system of justice and want to defend those strengths even as we may see shortcomings that merit change. At the same time, we are mindful of the dangers of undermining the credibility of the strengths in the existing system even as we recognize the need for transparency about our shortcomings to enhance that desired credibility