Sunday, February 13, 2005

On the selection of Virginia judges

The Richmond paper has this editorial that says the Republicans have yet to come through on promises to do better than the Democrats in rationalizing the system by which the General Assembly selects judges.

The editorial says, among other things:

"The courts may offer a rare example in which Washington does better than Virginia. The Commonwealth ought to consider adopting an approach similar to the one used by the federal government. The Governor could nominate judicial candidates who would be subject to legislative confirmation. Or Virginia could create a merit system that would authorize independent commissions, whose members would represent not just the parties and an often arrogant bar but other interests having a stake in the justice system, to vet candidates and make formal recommendations to the Assembly."

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