Week ahead: 7 legislatures adjourning, NH House votes on judicial rulemaking and mandatory state bar, changes to appointment of GA clerks of court, TN committees look at judicial discipline

March 2nd, 2012 by Bill Raftery Leave a reply »

Legislatures Coming Into Session

NONE

Legislatures Going Out of Session

Oregon 3/6
Utah 3/8
Washington 3/8
Florida 3/9
Wyoming 3/9
West Virginia 3/10
Virginia 3/10

Floor/Committee Activity of Note

March 5

Georgia House Judiciary Committee

HB 534 Modifies qualifications for probate clerks in various counties and the service of probate clerks as judges of probate.

HB 665 Restructures the offices of the Clerks of Superior Court.  Alters provisions with respect to appointment and succession to office of clerk. Changes provisions related to storage of paper and electronic documents. Increases bond amount at appointment to $1 million.

March 6

Tennessee House Judiciary Committee

HB 2935 Abolishes the court of judiciary. Creates 16-member board of judicial conduct. Changes the burden of proof to investigate a judge to probable cause that misconduct occurred from substantial likelihood that it did.

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 2671 Abolishes the court of judiciary. Creates 16-member board of judicial conduct. Changes the burden of proof to investigate a judge to probable cause that misconduct occurred from substantial likelihood that it did.

March 7

Maryland House Judiciary Committee

HB 1061 (Constitutional Amendment) Authorizes Commission on Judicial Disabilities to remove a judge from office for refusal to enforce applicable law, rendering a decision contrary to applicable law, or knowingly disregarding applicable law. Provides judge found by commission to have engaged in above conduct forfeits pension. Provides any person may file complain alleging above with commission. (prior coverage here)

New Hampshire House (prior coverage of bills here)

CACR 22 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides that the chief justice shall adopt court rules only with the concurrence of the legislature. (Committee recommends passage)

CACR 26 (Constitutional Amendment) Repeals constitutional provision authorizing the chief justice of the supreme court to make rules governing the administration of all the courts. (Committee recommends passage)

HB 1131 ORIGINAL: Establishes a committee to study the revisions to laws which would be necessary if the supreme court and superior court were abolished as constitutional courts. AMENDED: Creates committee “to study methods of creating a balanced and neutral judiciary”. (Committee recommends passage)

HB 1347 Requires the courts to file reports of complaints against court officers, court staff, and any other person involved in the administration of justice. (Committee recommends rejection)

HB 1474 Prohibits requiring membership in any bar association or other professional organization as a condition for practicing law or for appointment to certain positions. (Committee recommends passage)

March 8

March 9

 


 

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