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Ex-Governor Lingle of Hawaii Defends Merit Selection

Former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii has defended merit selection of judges and four Pennsylvania ex-governors who are advocating a switch to merit selection in their state.

Lingle detailed her views in a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, which recently published an editorial critical of merit selection (see Gavel Grab for the ex-governors’ response).

Lingle wrote that the Journal editorial set up a false choice in portraying the only methods for picking state judges as “the rough and tumble of electoral accountability” and “leaving the choices to a lawyer’s guild that is accountable to no one but themselves.”

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Hawaii State Judiciary Seeks Input from the Public

In an effort to receive feedback from local citizens, the Hawaii State Judiciary is inviting the public to take an anonymous online survey where they can provide input on the state’s court system, according to the Hawaii Reporter.

Officials are hoping to attain feedback from the public, as well as attorneys and other stakeholders involved in the judicial process.  The survey is available on the Hawaii State Judiciary’s strategic plan website from now until August, 31, states the article.

The state’s judicial branch plans to use the survey responses to develop a strategic plan with recommendations for Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald on “how the Judiciary might most effectively achieve its mission of administering justice in an impartial, efficient and accessible manner in accordance with the law.” The Judiciary will use the plan as a guide in upcoming years through 2020, says Big Island News.

The Judiciary’s website explains that Chief Justice Recktenwald announced the creation of a Judiciary Strategic Planning Committee in October 2011. The committee’s objective is to establish a report with “concrete findings and recommendations on the preferred vision of the Judiciary.” This strategic planning process is seen by Chief Justice Recktenwald as one of the most important initiatives proposed during his term, states the Hawaii Reporter.

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1/3/08: Selecting Judges in Hawaii; Chief Justice Robert's Report; Immigration Crackdown Upheld in Virgina

Want to judge judges? Good luck – Volcanic Ash
An overview of the Hawaii’s judicial selection system.

County Immigration Crackdown Upheld by Court – InMuscatine
Federal Court judge upholds the Prince William County, Virginia’s immigration crack down.

C.J. Robert’s Report on the Federal Judiciary – ACS Blog
More on Chief Justice Roberts Year-End report.

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