Illinois Judges Association Statement on Judicial Independence

An independent judiciary is central to maintaining the separation of powers and the system of checks and balances that is guaranteed by our Constitution and essential for preserving the basic principles of democracy. Judicial independence is the foundation of fair and competent decision making based on facts and law, without regard to outside pressure or political influence.

Judges have increasingly become the focus of political attacks for unpopular rulings, often by well-funded special interests. These attacks threaten the legitimacy of the judicial branch and erode public confidence in each judge’s ability to render impartial outcomes.

At every level of our judiciary, from the U.S. Supreme Court to our local circuits in Illinois, we support judges’ dedication to public service and their commitment to judicial independence.

Hon. Diane Shelley, President

Hon. Barbara Crowder, 1st Vice President

Hon. Eileen O’Neill Burke, 2nd Vice President

Hon. David Overstreet, 3rd Vice President

Hon. Mary Colleen Roberts, Secretary

Hon. Elizabeth Rochford, Treasurer