Gavel Grab

Legislative Committee Rejects End to MD Circuit Court Elections

A House committee in Maryland has rejected several bills proposing an end to state Circuit Court elections. The Judiciary Committee issued unfavorable reports on the bills, according to MarylandReporter.com.

At a hearing of the committee last month, Justice at Stake testified in support of the legislation and recommended a series of steps to ensure the impartiality and fairness of these courts (see Gavel Grab).

“On behalf of Justice at Stake, I testify in support of changing the way that Maryland selects its circuit court judges to one based in the best practices for merit selection as practiced across the country. Moving away from contested elections for circuit court judges will reduce political influence in our courts, helping to ensure that the courts can protect the rights of everyone who comes before them,” testified JAS Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg then.

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