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National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) is a grassroots, legislative initiative to vest randomly selected, trained, and rotating panels of private citizens with responsibility for state judicial disciplinary processes.  The concept has two basic premises:


  • The first is that “(r)estoring the Rule of Law when breached is an obligation of and should directly involve all Americans.”

  • The second is that for the judicial branch of each U.S. state to competently interpret laws, determine their meaning, and settle disputes -- their judges need not self-discipline.

Through community forums, NFOJA:

  • proposes a shift of America’s judicial oversight mechanisms to allow more direct citizen involvement in the resolution of judicial misconduct claims;
  • justifies that shift based on balance of power considerations between average Americans and judges;

  • makes clear that an imbalance of power results between judges and other Americans when judges directly or substantially control all the government processes for challenging their official conduct; and

  • distinguishes our concern about that imbalance of power from considerations of judicial corruption and related abuses of power.


NFOJA officially launched on October 29, 2009

Capitol Hill - Washington, DC:

Proposed Model Legislation

Citizen Panels On Judicial Misconduct Act:

Legislation Summary

Model Legislation

Creating a State Council on Judicial Accountability

NFOJA's 2019 Guide

Proposed Judicial Whistleblower Protection:

Related White Paper

Proposed Federal Legislation


Our Standard Agenda

1. Greetings and Meeting Overview by Local Host(s);

2. Standard CFOJA Video Presentation;

3. Audience Questions and Comments;

4. Special Presentation(s);

5. Audience Questions and Comments;

6. Audience Survey;

7. Meeting Wrap-up and Adjournment.


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At 4:47pm on December 16, 2019, NFOJA Administration said…

There is no rule of law without meaningful citizen oversight. For those who figure our way takes too long . . .

At 6:39pm on November 18, 2019, NFOJA Administration said…

For appropriate judicial accountability in America, we Americans rely on government systems controlled by people who have little incentive to provide us appropriate judicial accountability. It’s imperative to reconcile that control with our U.S. Constitution’s delegation of power. Beyond some limited provisions for sovereign immunity, the power to insulate itself from accountability is not specifically delegated to U.S. state or federal government by our U.S. Constitution. So, government may seize upon that power in America, beyond our Constitution’s specific provisions for sovereign immunity, only to the extent necessary to properly function, i.e. function in accord with the Constitution. When U.S. government (which is different from rogue government agents) persists in exceeding those bounds, American citizens can collectively acquiesce to the situation or redress it by lawful means. Proper recourse does not include resorts to mob rule whereby “the people” control America’s judicial branches in disregard for the function(s) prescribed to and/or envisioned for them by our U.S. Constitution. Like it or not, as a group, lawyers and judges are very influential in defining that function or those functions — some lawyers/judges more than others.

At 3:43pm on November 8, 2019, NFOJA Administration said…

Word from our sister organization: Opt IN USA's annual report for 2019/2020 will chronicle the campaign's progress since the U.N. Human Rights Council determined in October 2018 that Opt IN USA's contentions are neither manifestly ill-founded nor reflective of a failure to exhaust domestic remedies.


Undoubtedly, persecution accomplished through organized U.S. legal system abuse can be tantamount to psychological torture. Opt IN USA endeavors to address the phenomenon in terms of America's international human rights treaty obligations. However, the task is difficult as Opt IN USA is a grassroots initiative with constituents whose wherewithal was substantially stripped through weaponizations of America's legal system over decades.

Despite its humble community support, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA USA), through their various bodies and affiliates, continue to treat seriously Opt IN USA's concerns, as they should:

“Ill treatment . . . such as psychological manipulations, humiliating treatment, and forced stress positions, does not seem to be substantially different from physical torture in terms of the severity of mental suffering they cause, the underlying mechanism of traumatic stress, and their long-term psychological outcome. Thus, these procedures do amount to torture, thereby lending support to the prohibition by international law.”

Metin Başoğlu, MD, PhD; Maria Livanou, PhD; Cvetana Crnobarić, MD. (2007). "Torture vs Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment: Is the Distinction Real or Apparent?". Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(3):277285.


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