Task Forces on Gender Bias
and Minority Concerns
WHEREAS, the Conference of Chief Justices has established a Committee on Discrimination in the Courts because the principle of equal treatment of all persons before the law is essential to the very concept of justice; and
WHEREAS, there are a multitude of federal, state and local laws and policies regarding all persons and institutions against any persons on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age or handicap and to take affirmative steps to overcome the effects of discrimination on such grounds; and
WHEREAS, the state courts have been instrumental in enforcing such laws and policies as they apply to other private and public parties in cases coming before the courts; and
WHEREAS, the Conference of Chief Justices is concerned that all participants in the judicial system are treated fairly and that the judicial system operate free of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age or handicap.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Conference of Chief Justices urges positive action by every chief justice to address gender bias and minority concerns in the state courts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Chief Justices urges each chief justice in every state to establish separate task forces devoted to the study of 1) gender bias in the court system and 2) minority concerns as they relate to the judicial system.
Adopted as proposed by the Discrimination in the Courts Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices at the 40th Annual Meeting in Rockport, Maine on August 4, 1988.