Report of the Judiciary Committee to the Assembly

 

Resolved, that the Assembly support modifying the MSBA’s existing position on judicial selection as follows:

The MSBA supports changing to a system of judicial selection and retention that is as free from political influence as possible and that includes: (1) initial screening of candidates by a merit selection commission; (2) appointment by the Governor from a list of candidates recommended by the merit selection commission; (3) evaluation of each judge's performance by a nonpartisan evaluation commission and the result of the judge’s evaluation made known; and (4) the retention of each judge decided by the voters with the result of the judge's evaluation made knownThis MSBA position shall expire on December 31, 2014.