Resources for Judicial Independence and LGBT Rights Symposium
Judicial Independence - United States
Judicial Independence - International
There are hundreds of books on the topic of judicial independence. The ones listed below are among the best respected in the field.
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Judicial Independence– Standing Committee on Judicial Independence serves as the ABA's clearinghouse for information and resources designed to protect the independence of the judiciary, improve public understanding of, and confidence in, the judiciary, and promote the importance of an accountable, efficient and effective judicial system.
Beijing Statement of Principles of the Independence of the Judiciary in the LAWASIA Region– Drafted in 1997 -- and eventually signed by more than 32 Chief Justices within the Asia/Pacific region -- this statement of principles represents an attempt by signatories to set aside differences in legal traditions in order to articulate the minimum standards believed necessary to maintain independent and effective judiciaries.
ICJ Practitioner's Guide – Produced by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), this Practitioner's Guide offers practical insight on the international principles governing the independence and accountability of judges, lawyers, and prosecutors. It also presents the most relevant and current international standards on the topic.
Judicial Independence in the United States(pdf) – The provisions in the United States to promote judicial independence on the one hand and to promote democratic control of the judiciary on the other may be arrayed on a continuum. This paper describes the mechanisms employed in the United States to protect and balance independence and accountability.
Judicial Independence Talking Points(FJC History Office) – A link to the FJC website with talking points on (1) Constitutional Origins of the Federal Judiciary; (2) Judicial Independence; and (3) Establishing a Federal Judiciary.
O`Connor Judicial Selection Initiative. Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver On December 8, 2009, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (retired) launched the O'Connor Judicial Selection Initiative. The Initiative seeks to foster change in state judicial selection systems nationwide, and focuses on best practices for states. The Initiative advocates a judicial selection model consisting of four components that represent elements from both an appointment and an election model of judicial selection. The four components include: commission; appointment; performance evaluation; and retention election.