New Jersey State Bar Association Task Force on Judicial Independence Public Hearing Set for June 3

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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2014
Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director, Communications
The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Task Force on Judicial Independence will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 3. Anyone interested in testifying at the 4 p.m. hearing at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark can send their name and contact information to [email protected]
Members of the legal community, public and media are invited to attend.
In a public notice, the Task Force said:
The New Jersey State Bar Association has created a Task Force to examine the issue of judicial independence.  The members of the Task Force are retired judges, law professors, practicing attorneys and members of the lay public, all of whom have distinguished themselves in their fields.  The goal of the Task Force is to produce a report that will contain recommendations with respect to preserving the independence of the judges of this State.  The Task Force is wholly independent of the Bar Association, which will not control or influence its proceedings or conclusions.
The Task Force has concluded that it should hold a series of public hearings to solicit the views of both the legal community and the community at large with respect to this critical issue.…
The purpose of these hearings is to seek purposeful recommendations as to whether our current system of judicial appointment and reappointment may be improved, and if so, how.  The hearings are not intended, and will not be permitted, to provide a forum for individuals who may be disgruntled with their contacts with the judicial system or with the composition of the judiciary.”
To read the full public notice or find out more about the task force and its definition of judicial independence, visit