Gavel Grab

Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Justice Sandra Edwards-Stephans will be retiring from her seat on the bench as a judge in Forida’s 5th Judicial Circuit, leaving few women and no minorities on that bench. reported on the absence of minority judges and quoted Edwards-Stephens’ saying “I was very aware of that fact, but I knew it was time for me to go ahead and go over into another area of my life …”
  • Beginning earlier this month, all Michigan courts were required to provide interpreters to all persons with limited English proficiency who are involved in court cases or proceedings.  Chief Justice Robert P. Young and Justice Bridget M. McCormack of the Michigan Supreme Court wrote about this new rule for the Detroit Free Press.
  • Vermont Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to fill a vacancy on the Vermont Supreme Court, as reported by the Associated Press.  Crawford was praised for his compassion and intellect in an announcement of his appointment.
  • An opinion piece on by former U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman of Delaware is advocating for U.S. Supreme Court justices to be held to a code of conduct.  Past efforts to enact a code of ethics have been covered by Gavel Grab, here.
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