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:


Action Item:


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 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 known.

            This MSBA position shall expire on December 31, 2014.