The Score on The Court System
[Last Modified on 2006.12.03]
The court system must be reorganized. Judges must be held accountable for untenable or mistaken decisions (for instance, not consulting an expert review — if needed — when hearing pre-trial validation for a lawsuit). The incompetent and ineffective "jury of peers" must be replaced by a panel of — perhaps five — professional jurors, including "volunteer" jurors who may be experts in a particular field that may apply to a case being tried.
- Judges, like lawyers, can be punished for incorrect or corrupted decisions, as determined by an appointed investigatory panel. Judges will be periodically reviewed on their overall record, and any pattern of incompetence or corruption will bring censure and/or fines. After three such "strikes," a judge may be suspended for one year; after five such strikes, the judge may be removed from the bench.
- Jurors — both full-time professional jurors and part-time volunteer jurors — must be educated and screened by a selective process to ensure their competence and nonpartisanship. Volunteer jurors will be notified of what months of the year they are obligated to make themselves available for possible jury duty. The pay for professional jurors will be commensurate with their education and experience, as for judges or attorneys. The pay for volunteer jurors will be sufficient to entice educated and wise individuals to offer their services for such duties.
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