Judicial Reform

Three important judicial reforms

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court district boundaries have not changed since the 1960s. While people have moved around, those lines have stayed the same for half a century. This isn’t merely unfair—it also hurts the quality of our judiciary for basic reasons described by James Madison.

Trent England
January 30th, 2018
Judicial Reform

Current and former prosecutors shed light on legal procedures

Why would an Oklahoma district attorney file felony charges against a state official and then drop those charges, only to declare that the charges could be refiled at a later date?

Jay Chilton
August 18th, 2017
Judicial Reform

Shift Power from the Elites to the People: Reform the Judicial Nominating Commission

No federal judges were on the ballot in 2016. Of course, federal judges are never on the ballot, and yet they are routinely an important subject in campaigns for President and U.S. Senate.

Trent England
January 1st, 2017
Judicial Reform

Real Independence and Accountability for Oklahoma Judges

"Never let a crisis go to waste.” A group of attorneys put that maxim into practice in the late 1960s when, following a corruption scandal, they convinced Oklahomans to surrender their power to select state judges. The result is an unaccountable judiciary. Any of the judicial selection methods used by other states would be an improvement.

Trent England
January 29th, 2016
Judicial Reform

Judging Oklahoma’s Judicial Nominating Commission

The Judicial Nominating Commission empowers a small special interest group, hides the politics inherent in judicial selection, and renders the people almost powerless when it comes to one of the three branches of our state government. After nearly fifty years, it is time to reconsider how we appoint judges in Oklahoma.

Trent England
August 31st, 2015
Judicial Reform

Judicial discretion key to corrections reform

In November of 2014, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs released its 2015 Freedom Agenda. This document details the most significant public policy prescriptions we believe are vital to make lives better for Oklahomans.

Jonathan Small , Lauren Aragon
March 10th, 2015
Judicial Reform

Lawsuit reform: trust but verify

I have a coffee mug, a souvenir of my recent trip to the Reagan Library, emblazoned with the great man's signature under three words he liked to use: "Trust but verify."

Brandon Dutcher
May 18th, 2009