Assaults on the Courts

Politicians are increasingly targeting the independence and legitimacy of the judicial branch. Read selected Brennan Center research and commentary on political assaults on state and federal courts. 

Amid the Trump administration's continued attacks on the federal judiciary, there has been a quieter political push targeting state courts. This roundup looks at laws from state legislatures that pose the biggest threat.

A Brennan Center review of bills already introduced in state legislatures in 2019 shows that across the country, legislators are considering changes to state courts that would diminish the role or independence of the judiciary, or make it harder for judges to do their job.