Any judicial reform strategy that doesn't involve meaningful citizen oversight is more a reshuffling of power than judicial reform. National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) is a legislative initiative to vest randomly selected, trained, and rotating panels of private citizens with responsibility for state judicial disciplinary processes. I am a NFOJA Co-Administrator.
NFOJA launched in 2009 and has grown to approximately 1400 members, spread among three (3) online networks with the main network at http://50states.ning.com
Rather than judicial misconduct or public corruption, NFOJA focuses on restoring the balance of power between America’s judiciary and its sovereign citizens. Yet it recognizes and advocates the need to encourage, protect, and help vindicate judges and lawyers who expose judicial misconduct and corruption.
NFOJA strives to get past debates on judicial integrity with workable solutions to help ensure America’s judiciary is unbiased, remains faithful to the Constitution, and follows the rule of law.
So far I've responded below to:
- one reader's indication that enactment of NFOJA's proposed legislation is impractical given the level of corruption in her state;
- questions about NFOJA that I couldn't fully answer on the "Dallas Observer Blog", probably due to word limitations;
- a discouraged NFOJA members who indicates our proposed legislation is "a great idea", but it cannot "supersede public corruption and high crime in government";
- an understandable, but misguided tendency to equate judicial reform with "complaining" about judges;