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.