find the latest legal job
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
In-House Legal Counsel (Mid to Senior)| Regulated Markets (Energy and Gas)
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Full PD on Request · Exciting High Impact Role
View details
Family Lawyer
Category: Family Law | Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Boutique Firm · Great Reputation
View details
Infrastructure Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Perth WA
· We'd be particularly interested to hear from you if you were a lawyer who knows your way around the infrastructure and energy sectors.
View details
Public judgement

Public judgement

In Folklaw’s experience, a sense of their own importance isn’t something that judges generally lack...

In Folklaw’s experience, a sense of their own importance isn’t something that judges generally lack...

But it seems the identities of their Supreme Court Justices ain’t so important to the majority of the US public.

A recent poll by findlaw.com found that nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single one of their Supreme Court justices – and only one per cent could name all nine sitting on the bench.

Folklaw does think it is a sad reflection on society that a much higher percentage of the American public could probably name all the members of One Direction or the entire cast of Jersey Shore...

Chief Justice John Roberts is the best-known judge, but could still be named by only one in five Americans. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas were named by 16 per cent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor by 13 per cent, Anthony Kennedy by 10 per cent, and just five per cent knew who Samuel Alito was.

Elena Kagan and Stephen Bryer were identified by only four and three per cent respectively.

Three per cent? Ouch. Folklaw would hope that at least that many people would know who we are ... and we don’t even get to make any important decisions.

The results of this poll are even more shocking given that the Supreme Court Justices have been in the news Stateside recently with some controversial rulings, including on the Obama administration’s healthcare policy.

But before we start feeling all superior and just dismiss the ‘stupid Americans’, what do we think the results would be if a similar poll was taken here?

With the just-announced appointment of Stephen Gageler as Australia’s newest High Court judge, Folklaw wonders how many of the Australian public would be able to name the seven eminent Justices who sit on that bench.

If the results of our quick-fire office poll are anything to go by then the unfortunate answer is: not a lot!

Folklaw’s unfortunate feeling is that most of the Australian public would be able to name all the judges on The X Factor before they could name one High Court Justice.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Public judgement
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Law Council of Australia
Nov 21 2017
LCA calls for urgent adoption of ‘game-changing’ recommendation
The Law Council of Australia has urged for the immediate adoption of a key recommendation put forwar...
Sally Wheeler
Nov 20 2017
ANU College of Law appoints new dean
A distinguished legal academic and the former head of law of a higher education institution in Irela...
Violence
Nov 17 2017
It's time for politicians to commit to eradicating domestic violence
The national shame of domestic violence cannot be left unaddressed, writes Christine Smyth. ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...