Judicial Vacancies

“S.B. 814 places on the ballot for voters to consider in November a nonpartisan, merit-based system to fill judicial vacancies between elections. Despite misleading political rhetoric being distributed by partisan organizations in mailboxes around the state, the amendment would not remove the citizens’ right to vote for judges in regular elections, but would only reform the process for filling vacancies. It provides for a nonpartisan selection commission to evaluate each judicial nominee’s qualifications and submit a review of each candidate to the General Assembly, which would advance at least two nominees to the governor for consideration for appointment.” – Rep. Jordan


Amendment Text


Constitutional amendment to implement a nonpartisan merit-based system that relies on professional qualifications instead of political influence when nominating Justices and judges to be selected to fill vacancies that occur between judicial elections.