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Breyer: Courts need better PR

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is worried that the judicial branch is suffering a public relations crisis.

The public doesn’t understand impartiality of judges and the importance of judicial independence, Breyer said at a speech honoring the 150th anniversary of Massachusetts’ trial court system Tuesday night.

“Judicial independence means something to a judge,” Breyer said at the event in Boston, Legal Blog Watch reports. “But to someone who is not a judge or a lawyer, it is hard to convince them of what you are talking about.”

He urged the judges and lawyers at the gathering to support efforts to educate the public about the role of the courts and the people who run them. “You know whether you’re deciding [a case] fairly, but don’t expect anyone else to,” Breyer said.

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