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NCJ Number: 182355 Find in a Library
Title: Judicial Independence, Public Confidence in Courts, and State-Federal Cooperation in the Midwest: A Research Report on the Midwest Regional Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relationships
Author(s): Kevin M. Esterling
Corporate Author: American Judicature Soc
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: American Judicature Soc
Chicago, IL 60601-7401
State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Grant Number: SJI-97-20J-E-021
Publication Number: ISBN 0-938870-86-6
Sale Source: American Judicature Soc
180 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601-7401
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report focuses on ways that State and Federal courts can work together to strengthen the public’s confidence in the judiciary to preserve judicial independence and a truly co-equal third branch of government, based on the American Judicature Society’s Midwest Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relationships, held in October 1997.
Abstract: The conference participants’ main recommendation was that State and Federal courts in the Midwest work cooperatively to educate the public about the role and functions of courts in the government. They expressed concern that the public has an incomplete understanding of what courts do, how the court systems operate, and the differences between State and Federal courts. The report presents findings of a survey of midwestern judges conducted before the conference, discusses the meaning of judicial independence in democratic government, and identifies the pressures that democratic politics and public opinion place on the independent functioning of courts. The final actions outline strategies for reaching out to the public and improving administrative cooperation and case coordination and present the small-group reports and recommendations from the conference. Figures; endnotes; and appended annotated bibliography, conference agenda, and related materials
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of the Courts
Index Term(s): Citizen legal knowledge; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Judicial attitudes; Judicial independence; Political influences; Public education; Separation of powers
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