American Judges Association

"The Voice of the Judiciary"


1971-1998
Resolutions



JUDICIAL CONCERNS

 

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, judicial excellence depends on a highly qualified applicant pool from which judges are selected, the experience and knowledge attained through lengthy judicial tenures, and the maintenance of judicial autonomy and independence, and

WHEREAS, judicial compensation is critical to obtaining qualified applicants, retaining experienced judges and promoting judicial independence, and

WHEREAS, at some state and local levels judicial salaries are inadequate, and

WHEREAS, judges should not perpetually have to travel to the executive branch and the legislative branch, to argue their case for judicial salary increases, and

WHEREAS, state or community judicial commissions can ameliorate each of the previously mentioned fundamental concerns,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, at its annual meeting this 25th day of September, 1997 at Anchorage, Alaska, calls upon the various state executive and legislative branches of government to create judicial salary commissions to regularly address and enact appropriate increases in judicial salaries to assure qualified applicants, retain experienced judges, and promote judicial independence,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governors, the Speakers of the Assembly and the Presidents of the Senate in the thirty-three states without judicial commissions and to any county or municipal government upon request of any member of the American Judges Association.

Adopted September 25, 1997

Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, President
AJA Resolutions Committee

Gregory Barlow
Paul Beighle
Seymore Brown
Ann Pugh
Ira J. Raab, Chair

 



Resolution on Access to Justice and Protection of the Rights of People
RESOLUTION
 

WHEREAS, THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE are inherent rights of all people; and

WHEREAS, without access to the justice system, there is no justice, and the freedoms we celebrate today would be nothing but words;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association hereby declares that protection of rights and access to justice of people who are poor, elderly, or with disabilities, are major goals that all judges and lawyers should seek to provide and protect; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association encourages the development of ways and means of implementing the above goals, through activities that will improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, for all people, and more particularly the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

 Adopted September 25, 1997

Judge Jeffrey Rosinek, President
AJA Resolutions Committee
Gregory Barlow
Paul Beighle
Seymore Brown
Ann Pugh
Ira J. Raab, Chair



RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, court reporters are officers of the court whose impartiality, as with judges, must remain utterly beyond question in order to ensure the enduring confidence and faith from which our judicial system derives its legitimacy; and

WHEREAS, some court reporting firms are contracting directly with the parties in interest in litigation, thereby circumventing counsel and their related ethical obligations to the courts; and

WHEREAS, those arrangements allow the parties in interest to directly control the terms and conditions of the court reporting services in a manner sometimes indistinguishable from an employer-employee relationship; and

WHEREAS, certain of these contracting arrangements require court reporters to provide special services to the paying party in interest that are not available to the opposing parties in the litigation; and

WHEREAS, the National Court Reporters Association has adopted a resolution to lobby at the state and federal level, and work with its affiliated organizations and coalitions at the state level, to seek the enactment of laws and court rules that will limit or prohibit contracting arrangements in order to maintain the impartiality and independence of court reporters in their capacity as officers of the court; and

WHEREAS, numerous states (including, Hawaii, Georgia, Utah, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, West Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Alabama, Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island, and Ohio) have recently enacted or are considering laws or court rules that prohibit or strictly regulate contracting arrangements between parties in interest in litigation and court reporters to ensure the impartiality of the court reporting profession specifically and the integrity of the courts generally;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association endorses legislative and judicial efforts to prevent parties in interest from establishing any direct financial or other relationships with court reporters which could create an appearance of partiality that is inimical to the public’s faith in the fairness and impartiality of the judicial system.

Unanimously adopted April 24, 1998
Portland, Oregon

Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold, President
AJA Resolutions Committee
Judge Ira J. Raab, Chair
Judge Seymore Brown, Co-Chair
Judge Pearle Appelman
Judge Paul Beighle
Judge George Greig
Judge Ann Pugh

 



Resolution on Court Security
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Court Security or the absence thereof, is a serious problem facing federal, state and local courts of all jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the media has reported on numerous breaches of court security that resulted in serious injury and death; and

WHEREAS, the safety of spectators, lawyers, court staff and judges is of primary concern of all judges;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President, Officers and the Executive Committee of the American Judges Association, with a membership of 3,200 judges of all jurisdictions, at its Tucson, Arizona, Executive Committee meeting, urges President William J. Clinton, the state governors, the chief justices, the leaders of the federal and state legislatures and other responsible funding agencies to increase funding to provide court security for those court facilities that have no security programs, and to improve court security for those courts which already have limited court security programs in place.

Duly Adopted, January 10, 1998

Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, President
Officers & Executive Committee
AJA Resolutions Committee

Judge Paul Beighle
Judge James Heupel
Judge Ira J. Raab, Chair

 



To Support Portability Of Pension Assets
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the portability of pension assets is important to the ability of the judiciary to attract qualified people to the bench;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the AJA supports the effort to increase the portability of pension assets and instructs staff to take the necessary steps to involved the association in the effort.

Adopted September 4, 1998

Judge Paul Beighle, President
State-Federal Relations Committee
Judge Patricia Blackmon
Judge Douglas Voss
Judge Ron Garvin
Judge Toni Higginbotham
Judge Howard Kaufman
Judge Ira Raab
Judge Andrea Salas
Judge Anthony Sciarretta
Judge Chris Williams

 


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