Justice Barry Albin on the Vital Importance of an Independent Judiciary
In a November 2013 speech before the Monmouth County Bar Association, the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, addressed the importance of an independent judiciary, and how that independence hangs in the balance if judges and justices are considered for tenure based on the political popularity of their decisions.
Declaring that he was “ringing an alarm bell” regarding the reappointment process for judges and justices, Justice Albin told the audience: “An independent judiciary is not for the benefit of the judges; it is for the benefit of the public. This is your system of justice, and its fate is in your hands.”
Read the full speech in the Rutgers Law Review.