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As part of the polarization and posturing that increasingly characterize our national and state politics, threats to the independence of the judiciary have become more commonplace. In an effort to change the nature of the public debate on judicial independence to a more sober and informed one, The Constitution Project formed task forces from among the members of its committees to develop consensus recommendations in four key areas: federal judicial selection; selecting state court judges; the distinction between intimidation and legitimate criticism of judges; and the role of the legislature in setting the power and jurisdiction of the courts.
Outlining a set principles for the design and reform of state and federal sentencing systems.
The Constitution Project has developed standards for judicial campaigns that will encourage candidates to seek the “higher ground” in their campaigns. The standards are designed to imbue judicial campaigns with the principles that give Americans confidence in their justice system: honesty, dignity, and impartiality.