"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people …They
are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our
- Thomas Jefferson
At a time when more citizens are more familiar with pop culture
icons than the third branch of government, lack of court resources
will further jeopardize awareness of the important role the
judicial system plays in modern democracy.
As practitioners, we understand the immeasurable impact
attorneys, judges and other stewards of the judicial system have in
the lives of citizens. However, for the average citizen, who may or
may not have had any experience with the system, convincing them of
its importance is an increasingly difficult challenge. This problem
is further accentuated by a finalized state budget that jeopardizes
the courts' operations.