The Courier Journal, together with the League of Women Voters of Louisville and the Louisville Bar Association identified questions for the candidates with the intention of helping voters get to know the judicial candidates in a way that is helpful in the voting booth.
Is our justice system broken? In need of reforms? What do you think and what would you advocate to improve the system at levels?
Nichole Taylor Compton
"Our system is not “broken.” Does it have room to improve? Yes!
"No human-created, human-ran system is infallible. It can only be as well-functioning as the people within it. We all play our roles. As citizens, we must participate by voting and holding the system accountable. As practitioners, we must educate the community and encourage access to justice.
"As judges, we must realize that every case affects real people regardless of how big or small, civil or criminal. Likewise, EVERY decision impacts families, people, businesses, our community, and future case law.
"Change only comes with honesty about the state of things and the ability to evaluate and address what could be better. I applaud our courts for establishing programs such as specialty courts like drug, business, and veteran courts and the willingness to institute other innovative solutions, including alternative sentencing, mediation, and arbitration. While not all effective, it’s a start. Opportunities surrounding mental health, cultural sensitivities, and operations exist. However, the willingness to research and continuously implement possible solutions matters.
"We must restore the people’s faith in the process and remove fear through education, true diversity, and providing open access to our legal system for all. "
Posted on 13 May 2022, 01:47 - Category: News