Michigan’s Judicial Selection Task Force is set to testify before that state’s Senate Judiciary Committee today. The task force was formed in 2010 to examine ways to change the way the state’s judges are selected. The task force’s report recommends
- full, open disclosure of campaign spending
- open, nonpartisan primaries
- a citizens’ campaign oversight committee
- voter education guides
- a gubernatorial screening process for filling vacancies that is more transparent and includes nonlawyers, introducing greater accountability into the current system
- eliminating the constitutional age limit on serving as a judge (currently 70)
Gavel Grab has series of posts on the work of the Task Force, as well as reactions and responses.