February 06, 2017
Statement of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Deborah R. Gross on Judicial Independence
In light of the attacks on the judiciary this weekend, Chancellor Deborah R. Gross issued the following statement on behalf of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association:
“It is the longstanding position of the Philadelphia Bar Association that judicial independence makes a system of impartial justice possible by enabling judges to protect and enforce the rights of the people, and by allowing judges without fear of reprisal to strike down actions of the legislative and executive branches of government which run afoul of the Constitution. Recent statements by our President, such as ‘if something happens blame him [the judge] and the court system’ undermine the separation of powers at the heart of our Constitution.
“Attempts to delegitimize and threaten the independence of the judiciary are improper and offensive. I call on our leaders to show respect for the rule of law which is the cornerstone of our nation’s democracy.”