The Judicial Fairness Coalition (JFC) was established by the California Judges Association in 2018 to respond to false and unfair criticism against judges and the judiciary. The JFC’s over 75 members include judges, attorneys, law professors, and major Bar Associations like the California Lawyers Association (CLA), whose membership exceeds 100,000. The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), with national membership, also participates in the JFC.
The JFC is committed to conducting civic outreach and education throughout the community to inform the public about the importance and role of the rule of law in our democracy. Its focus is on the crown jewel of our justice system: judicial independence.
The JFC is actively sponsoring statewide Judicial Independence Forums to educate the public about the meaning and importance of a fair and independent judiciary. Forums have been held in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Contra Costa County, and Stanislaus County to mention just a few. Sacramento Women Lawyers recently sponsored a Judicial Independence Forum at the 3rd District Court of Appeal as part of the California Supreme Court reception.
Widespread efforts across the state in collaboration with the bench and bar are underway to assure that citizens are educated about the importance preserving and protecting an independent judiciary against baseless threats and targeted challenges that are on the rise. Since Judge Aaron Persky was removed from office in June of 2018, at least 17 judges across the state have been threatened with recall by litigants angry because they lost their cases. These baseless threats are amplified via social media to disseminate misinformation and false statements about the targeted judge and the case underlying the attack.
If you become aware of unfair criticism directed at any California judge or you would like to participate in educational outreach with the JFC, please contact Judge Barbara A. Kronlund at firstname.lastname@example.org.