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Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges
Preserving the quality and independence of the judiciary has been a hallmark of ABOTA’s efforts over the years. ABOTA works to maintain and support public confidence in the judiciary by providing timely assistance to members of the bench in responding to adverse publicity, misinformation, or unwarranted criticism of an individual judge or the judiciary.
ABOTA establish guidelines for each chapter of ABOTA to use to provide responses to misinformation or unwarranted criticism of an individual judge or the judiciary. These guidelines — Protocol for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges — have been successfully used by chapters for a number of years
Therefore, cooperation of attorneys is necessary to respond accurately, quickly, and fairly to unwarranted criticism of judges and courts.
ABOTA members deal with errors and misinformation in reporting criticism of judges, courts, or the administration of justice. Members make themselves available to the news media to provide information concerning judicial activities, court process, or other information about the administration of justice. By working with the media, members improve the public image of the legal system and provide a better understanding of the legal system and the role of lawyers and judges.
ABOTA has works to improve judicial independence in a number of other ways as well. ABOTA has urged the restoration of compensation levels to the their past equivalence, in terms of real income, for justices and judges of the United States courts. ABOTA has recommended changing the procedure for adjusting future compensation. ABOTA recommended that the U.S. Congress increase the funding of the judicial system and that there be increased salaries paid to those who serve as judges. Sometimes judges are unfairly targeted for recall, and there have been unfortunate cases where retaliatory physical threats have been made to judges. ABOTA’s goodwill responses often transforms a difficult situation into a positive experience.
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Ft. Lauderdale MIT
The Fort Lauderdale chapter of ABOTA witll host A Trial Demonstration in a Premises Liability and Wrongful Death Case from Opening Statements to Jury Deliberation held May 10, 2013. This program will be approved for 8.0 general credit hours and 1.0 hour ethics.