A report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” by JAS and two JAS partner groups was posted online on Thursday, and it was featured in The Daily Beast. See Gavel Grab for more.
Another Step Taken on Road to Raising PA Retirement Age for Judges
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire.
A Philadelphia Daily News editorial applauded a proposal for merit selection of Pennsylvania judges and a JAS partner group that has pushed for this reform. Gavel Grab has more.
A strikingly bipartisan pair of legislators is co-sponsoring legislation to switch from judicial elections of appellate judges to a merit selection system in Pennsylvania.
A new, required course in judicial ethics for candidates for the bench in California went online this week, the California Judicial Branch announced.
The Supreme Court’s scheduled oral arguments next week in a major campaign finance regulation case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, are continuing to generate extensive commentary and coverage. The case involves a challenge to aggregate federal limits on an individual’s campaign donations to candidates and committees.
Voters in New York state will be asked to decide on Election Day whether to raise from 70 to 80 the retirement mandate for judges on the state Supreme Court and on the Court of Appeals.
The District of Columbia Bar’s Washington Lawyer report, an online feature, gave a shout-out to a new website launched by a coalition of groups in order to track litigation that may have an impact on fair and impartial courts.
The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves.
California’s legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a bill that would allow juries to include noncitizens living in the state legally. In the New York Times, columnist Bill Keller, who just spent two days in a jury pool, tells about the idea’s origins and why he likes it.
Kansas state Rep. Lance Kinzer, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is proposing legislation to lower the mandated retirement age of appellate judges from 75 to 65. That would be the lowest retirement age in the nation.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, a successful vote-getter who knows how to win judicial elections, has some dramatically frank opinions to share: He finds these contests “toxic to the idea of an impartial, independent judiciary” and would like to bid them good-bye.
A newly enacted Arizona law threatens to politicize the selection of top state judges and jeopardizes public trust in impartial courts, Justice at Stake warned in a legal brief urging the Arizona Supreme Court to strike down the law.
Justice at Stake and fellow partner organizations in the Fair Courts Litigation Task Force launch new website tracking legislation impacting the judicial system.
Pennsylvania’s court administrator, Zygmont Pines, has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators and vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced on Aug. 2.
Earlier this month the State Bar of Wisconsin proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit state Supreme Court justices to one 16-year term to replace the current 10-year term with the chance for reelection. This, they said, would help cut down on the bitter partisanship that has defined the court in the public eye and stem the rivers of cash flowing into high-court elections.
The U.S. Senate's filibuster flap this week was about confirmation of appointees to the federal executive branch, not the judicial one. The nation's federal judges would be justified in feeling slighted. Their branch of government is as vital to the country as the others, and it has been just as ill-served by Senate gridlock.
In New Mexico, lawyers and lobbyists have accounted for most of the contributions to the winning candidates for the state Appeals and Supreme courts in recent years.
The American Judicature Society has announced it is moving from its home in Iowa to Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s office has rejected a request from the League of Women Voters of Kansas to publicly disclose the names of applicants for a new seat on the state’s second-highest court.
According to a new, exhaustively researched report made public last week by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, it’s becoming more and more difficult for voters to know who’s contributing money to influence public policy in our state or for what purpose.
U.W. Clemon, retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, next month will be honored by the American Bar Association with its 2013 John H. Pickering Award.
The Brennan Center for Justice released today a report addressing federal judicial vacancies and resulting unprecedented workloads that are currently burdening federal district courts.
A report by the American Constitution Society sparked renewed media attention to concerns that interest group spending on judicial elections may influence rulings by judges.
North Carolina's Judicial Public Financing program is threatened in a manner that should trouble most North Carolinians who are concerned about the quality of democracy.