In marking the 75th anniversary of the opening of the current building that houses the Supreme Court, an editorial in The New York Times concludes that the Roberts Court “needs to work harder to live up” to a broader standard and vision. “For that,” the editorial concludes, “justice must be truly democratic, not merely reserved for the powerful.”
The editorial, “Temple to Justice,” cites authors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis who write in “Representing Justice,” that the building designed by Cass Gilbert, is “the major symbol of American courts’ essential role in our democracy and of the Supreme Court’s particular responsibility for making hard choices fairly and openly.”
But the Roberts Court, the editorial maintains, has established a record that “too often runs counter to this conception: its rulings tend to deny rather than promote access to justice. The sense of being closed off was reinforced in May when the court decided, for security reasons, to stop the public from entering the building through the main bronze doors.”
The editorial might have also mentioned some of the Roberts Court’s opinions, which some court-watchers have said skew toward corporate interests. Moreover others have noted two Roberts Court’s decisions that have tightened the pleading standards, making it much easier for cases to be tossed quickly out of the court system.