Almost any American can become a federal judge – there’s no requirement for nominees to have a law degree or experience as a judge, and federal judges have even been confirmed after receiving a “Not Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.

NCJW wants federal judge nominees to be held to a higher standard. Federal courts are the last line of defense for our constitutional rights, and the judges who sit on them must be fair, independent, and qualified.

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Because #CourtsMatter, NCJW believes all federal judges must be:


Do they respect equality and justice for all and understand the impact of the law on everyone?


Are they impartial, nonpartisan, and not influenced by outside parties or interests?


Have they been objectively assessed for their experience, competence, principles, and temperament?