What is Judicial Independence?

Authored By: American Bar Association

1. Judicial independence means that judges can decide cases before them without fear or favor, based on the law and the facts of that particular case. It's a way to provide for fair and impartial courts. Judicial independence does not mean that judges are free to decide cases according to their own whims or prejudices. 2. It means judges have the authority to exercise their constitutional obligation to make hard decisions, unpopular decisions, without concern for retribution, personal or professional. This web site contains more information about why it is important it is to have an independent judiciary.

Last Review and Update: Aug 05, 2005
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