Judicial Accountaability

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methods, timely hearings and timely decisions. Of no less importance to demonstrating judicial accountability is having a quality adjudication system that puts out quality products (decisions). In an era when perceptions can be more compelling than reality, these two pre-requisites are indispensable. Another important method of demonstrating accountability in the administrative judiciary is to have an appropriate judicial disciplinary mechanism, and a complaint handling system, that safeguard the due process rights of both the public and accused judges. Judges should be disciplined when they violate appropriate standards of competence and conduct, including Canons of Judicial Conduct, which enjoin all judges to be free from improper influences;

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