Fair & Impartial Courts
Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project
The Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges focuses on increasing the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente serves as state coordinating committee co-chairperson for the initiative. Learn more about the Informed Voters Project and download materials for presentations.
National Association of Women Judges partners with The Florida Bar
The Informed Voters Project has a goal of educating voters about attacks on the judiciary and why it is in the interest of all citizens to have fair and impartial courts.
Informed Voters Project PSA on voter education wins Emmy
The National Association of Women Judges and the Informed Voters Project garnered a regional Emmy award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Public Service Announcement category. Aimed at helping voters understand the importance of protecting courts from political influence and interference, the Emmy entry "Fair and Free” features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, (Ret.) and is part of the NAWJ’s effort to address what it views as a dangerous gap in civic literacy in the United States. The Florida Bar is a partner with the Informed Voters Project. The Emmy was awarded June 14 in Maryland.
Materials for Fair Courts - Justice presentation for civic groups
Attorneys and judges can use the Fair Courts = Justice presentation when they are invited to speak to civic clubs and groups. The presentation includes an activity overview, video, PowerPoint, five handouts and a backgrounder. Additionally a Messaging Guide and Message Wheel are for presenters to become familiar with the Informed Voters Project but are not intended for distribution to audiences.
- The "Fair and Free" video is introduced by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) Script of Fair and Free
- This overview offers a guide for presenting Fair Courts = Justice
- Handout 1 – Warm up activity sheets
- Handout 2 – Florida state courts; how judges get to the bench
- Handout 3 – Defending justice. Protecting citizens.
- Handout 4 – Evaluation tips (How should I judge a judicial candidate?)
- Handout 5 – Politics and special interests have no place in our courtrooms
- Backgrounder on merit retention
- PowerPoint - Fair Courts = Justice
- Messaging Guide and Message Wheel
- Evaluation form
- Esta descripción ofrece una guía para presentar Tribunales Justos = Justicia
- Antecedentes de retención judicial en base a mérito
- Evaluación de Presentación Pública
- Mantenerse Informado: Dónde encontrar información sobre los jueces en el Estado de la Florida
- Separata 1 - Actividad Preliminar
- Separata 2 - Cortes Estatales de la Florida - Cómo los jueces llegan a la corte
IVP Public service radio announcement
Listen to the "Fair and Free" radio announcement that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) recorded for the National Association of Women Judges Informed Voters Project. (Text of Fair and Free audio available.)