Re "Our republic depends upon civic learning" (Viewpoints, Sept. 19): I applaud Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye's initiative to promote civic education, but observe that the general public has not taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, unlike attorneys and judges. And yet sometimes our civic education seems to be sorely lacking.
All litigants, including small claims plaintiffs, are entitled to minimal standards of due process. When trial judges violate constitutional norms and supervising authorities fail to supervise, this undermines confidence in our judicial system and promotes civic disengagement. What is the point of civic education if citizens justifiably lack faith in the system's integrity?
If the chief justice is truly interested in promoting civic education perhaps she should also use her position as head of the state judicial system to encourage attorneys and the judiciary to lead by example. Civic education is worthless without civic engagement.
-- Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael