Protocol for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The effective administration of justice is dependent upon public confidence.

The reporting of inaccurate or unjust criticism of judges, courts, or our system of justice erodes public confidence and weakens the administration of justice.  It is vital that the public knows and believes that the courts, their procedures, and their decisions are fair and impartial.  It is unethical for a judge to answer
criticism of her or his actions appearing in the news media regarding pending or impending matters.

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