We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

The Huffington Post

17 Aug We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

President Obama recently highlighted the need for criminal justice reform which complements the bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. However, reforming only the criminal justice system falls short of what is needed. This country sorely needs to reform both the criminal and civil justice systems, not just the criminal side.

It makes sense to overhaul both the criminal and civil systems simultaneously. Change in this country moves at a glacial pace. People are suffering, particularly the most vulnerable, because our justice system is broken and backwards in substantial ways. Our country should stop procrastinating. We need these changes now. Here are commonsense suggestions for reforming both the criminal and civil justice systems:

• Trial and appellate judges must list connections with parties and lawyers before them. It costs nothing for this transparency. Don’t you want to know if the judge on your case is golfing, jogging or dining with your opponent or his lawyer?

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