It’s time to stop letting the people who make decisions about your finances decide your fate.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office has found that more than half of all bankruptcy judges in the U.S. are unqualified, meaning they’re not qualified to make the tough calls about how much money to collect and how much to pay for it.
As the report’s authors write: “It is now increasingly clear that the process for selecting a bankruptcy attorney is a complex, opaque, and often adversarial one that has a disproportionate impact on women, minority, and lower-income individuals.
The current bankruptcy process has produced over 600,000 court cases and has resulted in over 200,000 judgments, many of which have been overturned on appeal.
The number of women in bankruptcy court has grown by roughly 3 percent annually.”
One person who gets all the attention is Elizabeth Warren, the former Massachusetts senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate who once represented the minority-owned U.K. bank Lloyds Bank.
Warren’s name is often mentioned when a bankruptcy judge is mentioned.
But she was not among those interviewed for the GAO report.
“I think it’s important to look at how the court system is doing in the United States.
We need to make sure that the judiciary is the one making those decisions and we need to have people who understand what they’re doing,” Warren told the Huffington Post in an interview last year.
In 2015, Warren filed a lawsuit against the bankruptcy court in Boston against her former boss, Judge David Barboza, for using her name in court proceedings.
Barbozas court was under the control of his brother-in-law, William Barbozo, who was also the CEO of LloyDS.
Barbora, who has since retired from the bench, also sued Lloyd for wrongful dismissal.
Barbos lawyer, Andrew Zappala, said that his client never filed a claim against Barbozos court.
Zappalas lawyers also said that their client never tried to get a judgment against Barbos court and was not in a position to contest the decisions of the court.
“The court did not even make an attempt to ask about her gender and, at best, it seemed to consider it as irrelevant,” Zappa said.
The GAO, which has been conducting research on the court since 2014, surveyed more than 50,000 bankruptcy lawyers nationwide and found that a majority of them are unaccredited, meaning that they don’t have an official certification as a bankruptcy lawyer.
That means they can’t make the decision about how to collect money or whether to pay the judgment.
One of the most common reasons they don, according to the GAOS report, is that they’re unqualified.
They also aren’t trained in bankruptcy law, and they aren’t experts in their field.
In addition, their decisions are often based on “a broad array of facts that are not supported by the evidence or the law,” the GAOs report said.
“It can be very hard to get people to make decisions for you and it can also be very easy to get someone else to do it for you.”
So how can we fix the problem?
One of our most powerful tools is to create an independent commission of qualified people who are empowered to make those tough decisions about how many debts to collect, how much it will cost to do so, and what will happen to the debtor if they don.
“We can get these people together,” Zopala said.
In the past, the panel of experts appointed by the court to review the decisions was made up of two people.
But with the creation of the Independent Commission on Bankruptcy, they are now made up entirely of three people.
“If there’s a person who is qualified to serve on the panel and has experience and expertise in bankruptcy, it would be a huge boost,” said Amy Langer, an attorney with the nonprofit Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which advocates for consumers.
“This would be an enormous boost for consumers who are facing an unfair bankruptcy court system.”
The GAOs investigation also found that judges who are appointed by political appointees or other special-interest groups are more likely to favor creditors.
One such judge, former federal district judge and bankruptcy expert Charles Kinser, who is now a partner at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been the primary judge for over a decade, and he was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2009.
Kinsers appointees include former Republican Sen. Dan Coats, who represented Indiana and was the architect of the 2008 bailout for the financial industry, and former Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, who helped create the bankruptcy code and was considered a reformer.
“These judges are not really qualified,” said Zappalla.
“They’re the political appointee judges.
And they don (also) have this bias that they want to get this debt collection or they want their