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Nevada Lawmakers Considering Judicial Selection Measure

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to make state court judges appointed, not elected.


The Nevada Appeal reports the measure set for review by a Legislature committee on Tuesday would have the governor appoint judges from a list of candidates screened by a judicial selection commission.

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It would limit judges to no more than four terms of six years each, and have them undergo periodic performance reviews by a state commission.

The proposal is modeled after a Delaware system and would apply to Nevada supreme, appellate and district courts.


It's different from a merit-based judicial appointment process dubbed the Missouri Plan.

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That program has the governor name judges from a list provided by a non-partisan commission, and the appointee facing a retention election after a year on the bench.