Judicial independence, free of external pressure or political intimidation, lies at the foundation of our constitutional democracy. An independent judiciary needs to remain free of undue influence from the legislative and executive branches and to remain beholden only to the maintenance of the rule of law and the protection of individual rights and personal liberties. We affirm the right to challenge a judge’s ruling for reasons based in fact, law or policy. However, when robust criticism of the federal judiciary crosses into personal attacks or intimidation, it threatens to undermine public confidence in the fairness of our courts, the constitutional checks and balances underlying our government and the preservation of liberty.
The Federal Bar Association is comprised of over 19,000 public and private sector lawyers practicing in our federal courts, hailing from all fifty states and the U.S. Territories. The Federal Bar Association is a non-partisan professional organization created to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary.