A variety of states have joint commissions or committees, made of members of the judiciary along with legislators and in some cases executive branch appointees, to examine issues related to the courts. Examples include Virginia’s Committee on District Courts (14 members include 8 legislators) and Indiana’s Commission on Courts (13 members include 8 legislators).
North Carolina’s version, the Courts Commission (28 members: 7 appointed by the Governor, 7 appointed by the Chief Justice, and 14 legislators) has been in place since the 1980s but may end under legislation just introduced. SB 851, entitled the Boards & Commissions Efficiency Act of 2012, would repeal the authorizing legislation for the Commission.
The bill is currently pending before the Senate Committee on Program Evaluation.