Tag Archives: Judicial Elections

Why change? Voters do just fine when electing judges (access required)

There has been increased interest lately in the process by which North Carolina selects its judges, an interest driven by bills introduced last year in the General Assembly and the North Carolina Bar Association’s proposal for a hybrid merit selection system. Largely missing in this discourse has been a defense of the electoral process as successful and effective.

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Judging the judges (access required)

An unprecedented survey based on the opinions of thousands of lawyers across North Carolina seems to paint a rosy picture of the state’s judiciary. The N.C. Bar Association’s judicial performance survey gives a big thumbs-up to almost all of the 168 trial judges who will have to survive this year’s election to remain on the bench. None of the 17 Superior Court and 151 District Court judges who were evaluated received the lowest possible overall performance rating on the survey. Coincidentally, the survey’s glowing results were released Jan. 3, one day before Gov. Beverly E. Perdue announced that she had filled all 18 seats on the state’s new Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission, created by executive order last spring, was trumpeted as a historic step toward improving the quality of the state’s judiciary.

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