- JUDICIAL FAIRNESS COALITION
The California Judges Association launched the Judicial Fairness Coalition (JFC) on August 1, 2018 as a result of the overwhelming support in the judicial and legal communities to promptly and strategically respond to unfair criticism and false and misleading information against justices, judges and the judiciary and stand together to affirm the independence of the judiciary. The JFC is a statewide coalition of active and retired justices and judges, bar associations and their leaders, and law school deans and professors.
The JFC is dedicated to civic education and community outreach and provides the public with information to help them better understand legal issues related to a specific situation, including the role of judges, the rule of law, the ethical restrictions and responsibilities placed on judges, judicial selection and elections, qualifications that candidates should possess for judicial office, and judicial independence.
CJA Past President Paul A. Bacigalupo and Judge Barbara Kronlund of San Joaquin Superior Court are the JFC co-chairs. The JFC has an Executive Committee (CLICK HERE for roster) and three work groups (Coordinating, Civics and Community Outreach, and Election and Recall Challenges) that are comprised of members of the coalition and which are currently working to develop content and strategies to disseminate resources. For more information please contact CJA Executive Director Nicole Virga Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.orgResources:
The JFC has developed a number of resources to help educate the voting public about the importance of judicial independence. Additionally, statewide regional resource guides are available which contain a collection of community, legal and media related entities that judicial officers might want to call upon to ask for assistance when facing a challenge. Please choose the guide for your geographic region: