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GA Bill Would Change Judicial Selection for Interim Appointments

A new bill proposed by Georgia lawmakers would establish a merit selection commission for interim appointments to appellate courts.

Under current law, the governor can name an interim judge to fill the vacancy as long as the person did not contribute to the governor’s campaign, says Gavel to Gavel.

With HB 30, the governor would choose from a list of candidates provided by a Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission would consist of 23 members, 18 of whom come from state minority bar associations.

Gavel to Gavel states that the commission could submit as many names to the governor as it wants but a minimum of three nominees is recommended. Gavel to Gavel is published by the National Center for State Courts, a JAS partner group.

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