Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

Judicial Offices

Judicial offices refer to the positions that are responsible for interpreting and applying the laws in the United States. These positions include judges at all levels of the court system, from the Supreme Court down to the local courts.

Judicial offices are often seen as important gatekeepers of the legal system and are expected to be impartial and fair in their decision-making. However, there have been concerns about the influence of politics on the judicial system, particularly when it comes to the appointment of judges.

For independent and third party supporters, the appointment of judges can be a key issue. This is because judges are often appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, which means that they are often affiliated with one of the major political parties. This can create a situation where judges are more likely to favor the interests of their party over the interests of the general public.

According to data from the Federal Judicial Center, there is a significant bias towards the two major parties in the appointment of judges. For example, between 1789 and 2021, 85% of federal judges were appointed by a President from the same party as the appointing President. This suggests that there is a significant lack of diversity and independence in the judicial system.

By encouraging independent and third party candidates to seek judicial office and by supporting their efforts to participate in the political process, we can create a more diverse and representative legal system that works for everyone. This can help to ensure that the courts are more impartial and accountable to the public, rather than being swayed by the interests of the two major parties.