3.2 To faithfully adhere to laws, procedural rules, and established policies.
Intent of the Objective
This objective is based largely on the concept of due process, including the provision of proper notice and the provision of a fair opportunity to be informed and heard at all stages of the judicial process. Fairness should characterize the court’s compulsory process and discovery. Courts should respect the right to legal counsel and the rights of confrontation, cross-examination, impartial hearings, and jury trials. The objective requires fair judicial processes through adherence to constitutional and statutory law, case precedents, court rules, and other authoritative guidelines, including policies and administrative regulations. Adherence to law and established procedures contributes to the court’s ability to achieve predictability, reliability, and integrity. It also greatly helps to ensure that justice “is perceived to have been done” by those who directly experience the quality of the court’s adjudicatory process and procedures.
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