Posts in 'merit selection'

DES MOINES, Iowa — A group of Democratic lawmakers and attorneys are suing over recent changes by Republicans to the judicial selection process in Iowa, asking a Polk County Judge on Monday to put a temporary block on the law until the case---which alleges the changes violate the state Constitution-...
The Morning Call By Maida Milone Pennsylvania is teetering on the brink of losing its independent appellate judiciary. Legislation that would ask voters to agree to Balkanize how our justices and judges are selected for Pennsylvania’s three statewide appellate courts is advancing though the General...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pennsylvania is teetering on the brink of losing its independent appellate judiciary. Legislation that would ask voters to agree to balkanize how our justices and judges are selected for Pennsylvania’s three statewide appellate courts is advancing though the General Assembly....
Around the world, the idea that a judge could be elected seems rather perplexing. Typically, most nations utilize an appointment system that is akin to the procedures used in selecting federal judges in the United States.

This article, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal in 2006, describes the history of judicial selection in the state of Pennsylvania. It describes the judicial selection reform movement and growth of the organization Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, which devises solutions to meet the various

PMC's founders were motivated to create a new organization following this report from the Pennsylvania Judicial Reform Commission.

Governor Robert Casey commissioned this blue-ribbon panel of civic leaders, public officials, legal professionals, and members of the judiciary. PMC Board member, and