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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/6/2020

Contact: Richard M Page Jr.
BBA/BBF Executive Director
617-778-1916

BBA Statement on Recent Verbal Attacks Against Judges

As the BBA stated in its recent report on Judicial Independence, the tenor and frequency of malign attacks on judges seriously threaten to undermine the public’s confidence in our judicial system.

Recent verbal attacks on justices of the United States Supreme Court by elected officials at the highest levels of our executive and legislative branches of government illustrate how serious this threat remains.

The BBA condemns partisan challenges to the integrity of judges and the judicial process—particularly when public officials use inflammatory language. An independent judiciary, grounded in the rule of law, is essential to the separation of powers. Our democratic society depends on it.

The BBA will continue to support the independence of our judiciary, both by advancing the public’s understanding of the role of the judicial branch within the context of our government and by speaking when criticisms of judges cross the line into destructive, ill-informed, and personal diatribes.


The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.