Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 5: PROTECTING JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE


Objective

5.1 To vigilantly guard judicial independence while respecting the other coequal branches of government.

Intent of the Objective

For the judiciary to be fair and impartial, it should develop and maintain its distinctive and independent status as a separate, coequal branch of state government. It also must be conscious of its legal and administrative boundaries and be vigilant in protecting them. The judiciary has an obligation to promote and maintain its independence. While insisting on the need for judicial independence, the judiciary should promote and institutionalize effective working relationships with the other branches of state government and with all other components of the state’s justice system. Such cooperation and collaboration is vitally important for the maintenance of a fair, efficient, impartial, and independent judiciary, as well as for the improvement of the law and the proper administration of justice.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to protect judicial independence while respecting the other coequal branches of government.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010682543What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to protect judicial independence while respecting the other coequal branches of government?Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to protect judicial independence while respecting the other coequal branches of government.
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Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to protect judicial independence while respecting the other coequal branches of government.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
1st Circuit
The First Circuit provided information to the legislative branch during organized meeting events and testimony at committee meetings of the legislature and other advisory committees established to study the judicial branch. The court met en banc with various legislators for informational meetings to address and identify areas requiring legislative attention or involvement.
ResponseResponse_Court
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective1 court (1st Circuit)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below:4 courts (1st Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Continued to communicate, coordinate and cooperate with the other branches of government4 courts (1st Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Did not address this objective1 court (2nd Circuit)
Used outreach programs to promote judicial independence and protection of the rule of law2 courts (3rd Circuit, 5th Circuit)

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