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September 23, 2011

“Autonomy, Access, and Accountability” Sparks Debate at Kentucky Court Crisis Symposium (Part 2)

Constitutional experts and top state court judges contemplate constitutional provisions for compelling the legislature to fully fund the judiciary.

While lobbying on behalf of the court system may be one solution to the crisis, the impact of such activity on the integrity of the courts must be considered, warn panelists. One expert cautions that courts judgments should be the “product of reasoned analysis,” rather than decisions based on the politics of pleasing lawmakers with the power to increase court funding.

The 90-minute session, “Court Funding: Autonomy, Access, and Accountability,” is part of a Sept. 23-24 symposium on state court underfunding, sponsored by the Kentucky Law Journal, the _ and the National Center for State Courts.

Speakers in order of appearance:

Moderator: Jean Toal, Chief Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
Peggy Quince, former Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court
David Barron, Harvard Law School
G. Alan Tarr, Center for Constitutional Studies, Rutgers University
Bob Peck, Center for Constitutional Litigation
Christine Durham, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court
Peggy Quince, former Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court

This video is in 2 parts. To view Part 1, click here.

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