Tag:judicial elections

  • Wheel of politics always turns

    The wisest course is to craft political institutions and make procedural rules as if you don’t know which party will be on top in the future — because you really don't.

  • Judicial expert says partisan elections the best way to choose judges

    A special legislative committee studying constitutional changes to the way North Carolina selects judges would be wise to leave things alone. That’s the view of a national expert on judicial selection methods who spoke at a Tuesday teleconference for reporters and judicial analysts. Chris Bonneau says…

  • Choose judges on merit, chief justice says

    North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin isn’t happy with the way state judges get on the bench. And he’d like voters to decide if they agree with him. At his annual address to the N.C. Bar Association’s annual convention, given Saturday morning in Asheville, Martin called for a constitutional amendment…

  • UPDATE: House passes bill adding partisan labels to judicial candidates

    (UPDATED, 4:05 p.m. Wednesday. The House passed the bill, 65-51. After the vote, Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, issued a statement including the following: “North Carolina already identifies party affiliation in other judicial elections, so it is not a new approach to provide local voters this information.  This informed elections…

  • Skeptical Justices Consider Judicial Retention Law

    Several state Supreme Court justices showed skepticism during a Wednesday hearing over the constitutionality of a recent law establishing “retention” elections for appellate court judges. While the state’s solicitor general urged the justices to reverse a lower court ruling and allow the retention law to take effect, the plaintiffs’ attorney…

  • Court Tosses Judicial Retention Election

    A three-judge Superior Court panel has ruled that the state’s fledgling judicial retention system for N.C. Supreme Court justices is unconstitutional. The ruling immediately affects this year’s race by Associate Justice Robert Edmunds, who is seeking another term in the state’s highest court. The judicial retention law, passed by the…

  • Hard Sell on Judicial Picks

    There is no perfect way to select fair-minded, capable, and independent judges – unless you know of some brilliant, unbiased Martian we might tap to do the honors.