Legislatures Going Out of Session
Floor/Committee Activity of Note
HB 5877 AS AMENDED: Provides that if the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts has a policy and procedure for a state judicial officer to file a written request for non-disclosure of personal information by a government agency with the Administrative Office, the state judicial officer may file the written request with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Provides on a quarterly basis the Administrative Office to ill provide a list of all state judicial officers who have submitted a written request to it and provide the list to the appropriate officer with ultimate supervisory authority for a government agency. Requires he officer hall promptly provide a copy of the list to any and all government agencies under his or her supervision. Specifies receipt of the written request list constitutes the written request to the agency that it not disclose the personal information of the listed state judicial officers. Changes Election Code allowing redaction of a judicial candidate’s home address on a certificate of nomination or nomination papers after the Election Code objection period, to apply only to a judicial officer who is a judicial candidate. Provides that prior to expiration of the objection period the judicial officer’s home address information from the his or her certificate of nomination or nomination papers is available for public inspection; however, after redaction the home address information is only available for an in camera inspection by the court reviewing an objection to a judicial candidate’s certificate of nomination or nomination papers. Allows a judicial officer applying for an Illinois Identification card to use his or her work address in lieu of his or her residence or mailing address in the card application. Includes judicial officers in the list of persons who may use a work or business address instead of a domicile address on a vehicle registration application. Approved as amended by Senate Executive Committee 4/18/12.
North Carolina Senate Judiciary I Committee
HB 517 AS AMENDED: Creates position of chief magistrate. Provides chief district judge may appoint full time magistrate for county to serve as chief magistrate at chief district judge’s pleasure. Modifies current method(s) for discipline of magistrates. Allows resident superior court judge to give notice in cases where defendant has not been tried for 9 months after indictment to hold a trial conference. Approved as amended by full House 5/31/11.
Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee
HB 1815 (Constitutional Amendment) Replaces current election system for appellate judges with merit selection Appellate Court Nominating Commission and retention elections. Requires Senate confirmation for those chosen by commission and appointed by governor.
HB 1816 Creates Appellate Court Nominating Commission to provide for merit selection for appellate vacancies.
Michigan House Judiciary Committee
HB 5128 Creates business courts as divisions of the circuit court.