Judicial activism means the process of achieving social and legal change through the court process. This is particularly common in some parts of law, where political and in some cases community groups seek to achieve their aims through targeted court actions. Some truly fiercely contested social issues may be fought out in the courts, and the usual concern is that the legal actions may go too far in one direction or another. Critics consider judicial activism a circumvention of some aspects of democratic processes where law is made by judges, not voters' representatives.
Examples of Judicial Activism:
Gay marriage court rulings in California|
Supreme Court rulings on racial segregation in the US
Supreme Court overturns state ban on interracial marriage
A TV series Judge John Deed produced by the BBC features a judge who is not afraid to question the estbalishment.