Judicial Independence

“Judicial independence is the judge’s right to do the right thing or, believing it to be the right thing, to do the wrong thing.” – Justice Adolpho A Birch Jr.

 “We must keep in mind that judicial independence is a means toward a strong judicial nstitution. The strong judicial institution is a means toward securing the basic goals of people: human liberty and a reasonable level of prosperity.” -Excerpt from: Honorable Stephen G. Breyer. “Comment: Liberty, Prosperity, and a Strong Judicial Institution,” in Judicial Independence and Accountability, Law and Contemporary Problems, Volume 61, Number 3 (Summer 1998).