Wisconsin Legislative Year in Review: changing the way the chief justice is selected

On ballot

SJR 2 Ends practice where chief justice is most senior justice of the Supreme Court. Directs the Supreme Court to elect a chief justice as the first order of business each time a justice is elected or reelected. Approved voters in Spring 2015 election.

West Virginia Legislative Year in Review: an end to partisan court races

Law

HB 2010 Requires nonpartisan elections of judges. Provides judges to be elected to individual seats (currently top vote-getters win). Moves elections to May. Note: originally vetoed by governor due to typographical and other minor errors. Amended, repassed, and signed into law.

Virginia Legislative Year in Review: increase to mandatory judicial retirement age, but only for some judges

Law

HB 1506 Requires that the guidelines for conditions of all deferred or installment payment agreements for the payment of court-ordered fines or other penalties be reduced to writing as well as posted in the clerk’s office and on the court’s website, if a website is available.

HB 1984 / SB 1196 For appellate judges, increases mandatory judicial retirement age 70 to 73. For trial judges, increases mandatory judicial retirement age 70 to 73 only for those trial judges elected or appointed after July 1, 2015.

SB 789 Permits the Committee on District Courts to adopt an official seal and authorize its use by district court clerks and deputy district clerks.

SB 1048 Provides Capitol Police may provide protection to members of the Court of Appeals (Supreme Court already covered in existing law).

 

Utah Legislative Year in Review: judicial election/selection changes; should Justice Court judges be attorneys?

Law

HB 136 Amends the definition of “political purposes,” as it relates to campaign and financial reporting requirements, to include an act done to influence a judicial retention.

SB 79 Provides justices of the peace are subject to impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors or malfeasance in office.

SB 141 Requires the Justice Court Nominating Commission to submit three names to the appointing authority.

SB 183 Clarifies presiding/chief judges may receive salaries above those of other judges.

SB 214 Authorizes creation of veterans courts throughout state.

Adopted

HJR 26 Directs Legislative Management Committee examine series of topics, including whether justice court judges should be required to be attorneys.

Texas Legislative Year in Review: Special 3 judge trial court panels to hear challenges to state laws; State Commission on Judicial Conduct must release certain data each year

Law

HB 257 Prohibits judges from having any interest in a business entity that owns, manages, or operates a private correctional or rehabilitation facility.

HB 1080 Expands existing statute restricting release of home addresses and similar information found on driver’s licenses of judges to include that of associate judges and statutory probate judges.

HB 1923 Allows former statutory probate court judges to serve as special judges.

SB 306 Details information State Commission on Judicial Conduct must release every year must include the number of complaints received by the commission, the number of complaints dismissed without commission action and the reasons (facts alleged did not constitute judicial misconduct, facts alleged did not constitute judicial misconduct or disability, allegation determined unfounded or frivolous). Requires disclosure of number of each type of judicial misconduct or disability that resulted in sanction or censure of a judge.

SB 455 Provides challenges to state laws to be heard on request of Attorney General by three-judge panels of District Court, two of whom are to be chosen by Chief Justice.

SB 478 Requires the Supreme Court of Texas, as the court finds appropriate, to promulgate forms for use by individuals representing themselves in residential landlord-tenant matters and instructions for the proper use of each form or set of forms.

SB 512 Requires the Supreme Court of Texas to promulgate, as the court considers appropriate, forms for use by individuals representing themselves in certain probate matters.

SB 1025 Provides county judges entitled to annual salary supplement from the state in an amount equal to 18 percent of the annual compensation provided for a district judges in the General Appropriations Act (current supplement is $15,000).

SB 1116 Provides for a notice or document sent by mail or electronic mail by a court, justice, judge, magistrate, or clerk of a judicial court.

SB 1139 Requires annual performance evaluation by presiding judges for the Associate Judges for Child Support and Child Protection Cases and other personnel appointed under the applicable statutory provisions based on written personnel performance standards adopted by the presiding judge. Establishes that if the statute that establishes a multicounty statutory county court does not designate one of the counties that compose the multicounty statutory county court as the administrative county for that court, the county with the greatest population of the counties composing the court at the time the court is established is the administrative county for the court. Authorizes the commissioners courts of the counties that compose a multicounty statutory county court to enter into an agreement to provide support for the court.

Vetoed

HB 4103 Authorizes a judge of a municipal court not reappointed by the 91st day following the expiration of a term of office who continues to serve for another term of office to continue to perform the duties of the office without taking an additional oath or affirmation otherwise required under the Texas Constitution.