Report of the Legislative Committee to the Assembly
May 10, 2013
The Legislative Committee met on April 8, 2013, and May 10, 2013, to review and consider an existing legislative position. The Legislative Committee makes the following recommendation to the Assembly:
A. 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 may include s: (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 known.
This MSBA position shall expire on December 31, 2014.