On Friday, July 21, 2023, the Carolina Public Press reported ex-judges, lawyers, professionals, and legislators at the state level have criticized the alterations put forth by the North Carolina Senate concerning the Judicial Standards Commission. This commission serves as an ethical entity overseeing judicial behavior, and the proposed changes are being viewed as jeopardizing the autonomy of the judiciary.
The Carolina Public Press, in part one of its report, informed that in recent months, North Carolina’s courts have made crucial rulings on various significant matters, ranging from gerrymandering to voter IDs. While much attention has been devoted to these court verdicts and their implications, the underlying structure of the judiciary tends to be disregarded. The North Carolina Senate has recently proposed alterations to the Judicial Standards Commission, the ethical body of the judiciary, as part of the state budget. Although these modifications could bring about significant transformations to the commission, the report stated that only a limited number of North Carolinians, those beyond the legal realm, comprehend the role and necessity of the Judicial Standards Commission.