Judicial diversity aids legitimacy

Judges on UGA panel agree that public confidence is enhanced when courts reflect the faces of the public

, Daily Report


DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez said that, even as a Latino who spent most of his life in Georgia, he was surprised to learn just how dismissive some of his fellow jurists could be toward minorities and immigrants. Judge Anne Barnes (left) of the state Court of Appeals and Justice Harold Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court weighed in on how judicial diversity affects the public's perception of justice.

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  • Fariba Bayani

    As an Iranian-American Attorney who has lived in Atlanta for the past 34 years, it is very exciting for me to see, this kind of panel discussion going on. I strongly agree that, it's time for our Georgia Courts to better reflect the community by having a more diverse bench. It will indeed, increase the public confidence to feel more evenly represented and/or understood.

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