CJA committees offer the opportunity to meet and work with outstanding judges and bench officers throughout the state. The committees also include the opportunity to take a leadership role in our profession and in our organization.
Most CJA committees are open to any active or retired judge, commissioner or referee, although some are selected by Association committees themselves. Committee workloads and schedules vary widely, depending on the events of each year. Some meet during the Annual Meeting and at other times as necessary, others have regular face-to-face meetings. Many also work by telephone conference calls, and e-mail. A few are specialized and require a multi-year commitment.
EDITORIAL BOARD FOR THE BENCH
Oversees the editorial calendar of the CJA quarterly magazine “The Bench” and solicits articles, authors and content consistent with the goals and efforts of CJA.
Broadens scope of existing contacts with legislative and executive branches, and insures legislators remain aware of judiciary's role and needs in gov't and the effects of legislative action on justice.
Sponsors campaign workshops in election years, responds to questions on campaign issues, updates the Judicial Elections Handbook, and reviews legislation which affects judicial elections.
Maintains a hotline to interpret the Code of Judicial Ethics for CJA members, publishes opinions and the annual Judicial Ethics Update, andparticipates in judicial education.
RESPONSE TO UNFAIR CRITICISM
Advises and assists judges in responding to unjustified adverse publicity or criticism which substantially and negatively affects the judge, the judiciary, or the legal system.