Transparancy In The Courts
Public trials allow injustices in the community to be brought into the light for all to see so that the community can know who or what may pose a danger to them. Moreover, the public nature of the courts keeps the courts honest and allows the people to oversee them to ensure justice is being done and that the Judges are following the law.
A disturbing and growing trend has been occurring with Judges closing court rooms, issuing gag orders and sealing records threatening this very important oversight by the public. I will ensure that there is transparency in the courts except when the law requires otherwise.
In addition, with the pandemic, Judges have been excluding the public from attending court proceedings. I would work to implement the use of technology in the courtroom to allow the public to attend court proceedings. In addition, I would increase the use of technology to allow parties and their attorneys to appear in court remotely wherever possible. The goal would be to have such technology continue even after the pandemic.
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides in relevant part "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed..."