Gavel Grab

End to Circuit Court Elections is Debated in Maryland

maryland_flag1Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has dealt a setback to legislation to end the elections of Circuit Court judges, but the proposal is still alive.

The Senate Committee gave an unfavorable recommendation to the proposal on a 6-5 vote, according to Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts. The House Judiciary Committee may vote on similar proposals this week.

Justice at Stake has supported an end to the Circuit Court elections in Maryland in statements to the legislature, recommending a series of steps to ensure the impartiality and fairness of these courts (see Gavel Grab).

The National Center for State Courts is a JAS partner organization.

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