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HAMPTON – Legal system needs a close look

By: Magnolia Tribune - January 20, 2008

Legal system needs a close look

Lawyers gathered last week in Jackson for a meeting of the Federalist Society were concerned.

Adam Kilgore, general counsel for the Mississippi Bar, hears complaints about lawyers and is always concerned about public perceptions of the profession.

“It is certainly going to have an impact,” he said. “It is going to feed the concerns that people have. We have to restore the public trust, not only through work of the Bar Association but through individual attorneys.”

Jackson lawyer Wayne Drinkwater called for a commission to look at the judicial system, criminal and civil, from top to bottom, including the controversial issue of elective judges.

“If we don’t do it now, it never will be done,” he said.

Drinkwater is right.

The legal system cannot function without public confidence. People must have faith in the law and courts to fairly administer it. It’s time to reexamine that system with reform in mind. No joke.

David Hampton
Clarion Ledger

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