Week ahead: Ending all elections for MD Circuit judges; redrawing MT’s judicial districts; task force for implementing e-filing in TN courts

Legislatures Coming Into Session

Alabama 3/3/2015
Florida 3/3/2015

March 2

March 3

Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

SB 367 (Constitutional Amendment) Ends elections for Circuit Court. Requires the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint judges and to reappoint and reconfirm for additional terms. Reduces term of office of circuit court judges from 15 to 10 years. Allows but does not require Governor create judicial nominating commission; if such commission created must reflect diversity of state.

Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee

HJR 54 Requests Tennessee Supreme Court adopt rule to provide free online public access to video of oral arguments.

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 41 Establishes advisory task forces to study and report recommendations on electronic filing in state courts and the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.

March 4

March 5

Montana House Local Government Committee

HB 430 Creates judicial redistricting commission to recommend changes to district lines for 2017 legislature.

March 6