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Friday, May 12, 2006

Judicial Independence Principles Released by the Constitution Project

On May 9, the Constitution Project released
Ten Principles for Preserving Courts’ Role in
American Democracy (link to PDF), an initiative
drafted by "an ideologically diverse committee of
experts" led by former FBI Director and federal
judge William S. Sessions and former Congressman
Mickey Edwards (R-OK).

The principles "recommend that legislative and
executive branch officials work to preserve courts’
ability to decide cases impartially and to ensure
meaningful access to the courts for all individuals."

The Constitution Project is based at Georgetown
University's Public Policy Institute. It is a bipartisan
non-profit organization that "seeks consensus on
controversial constitutional and legal issues through
a unique combination of scholarship and activism."