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Prop. 115 would increase partisan politics in judicial selection

The Maricopa County Bar Association, a voluntary organization comprised of over 3,000 members of the Maricopa County legal community, urges you to vote ‘no’ on Proposition 115, SCR 1001.

As local attorneys, we have daily interaction and experience with state court judges in Maricopa County. We believe the current merit selection system is not broken. Merit selection produces the highest quality judicial officers who provide superior and efficient service to our community.

In fact, the Maricopa County judiciary is among the most respected in the country. The proposed changes will neither improve the quality of judges appointed to the bench, nor increase access to justice for residents in our community.

Although some aspects of Ballot Proposition 115 do not appear to be objectionable, we oppose any changes that could politicize the selection of judges or erode the separation of powers.

Proposition 115 seeks to increase the role of partisan politics in the judicial selection system and thereby undermines the constitutional goal of creating an independent judiciary staffed by impartial judges.
For these reasons, we urge you to vote ‘no’ on Proposition 115.

— Maricopa County Bar Association

2 comments

  1. Suggested Votes:
    Prop 115: Vote YES. ****Accountability****

    Prop 115 Reason: This proposition hits the heart and goes deep into our families and our values we stand for. Accountability, Integrity, and Honor must be reestablished in this states court system. Currently the judicial review boards and committees are under the control of the legal community and its inner-working. And the committee for judicial appointment does not reflect the public’s needs or the confidence the public seeks in its ability to appoint without corrupt intent. If you are biblically based or morally sound then you should vote “YES” on Prop 115. Voting No will continue to allow the deterioration of our civil rights, our equal rights to access the justice system and our right to protect our child under the ARS Laws. Currently ARS Laws are not followed by the legal community (Attorneys or Judicial officers). The public’s voice and confidence is in the ARS Laws and when the ARS Laws are not used or enforced by the legal community, the legal community then operates in its own privatized government entity or dictatorship over the citizens of Arizona! The reality is that JPR does not produce factual and legitimate reviews of judicial officers. The committees who appoint are not elected officials and are fully under the control of the legal community. Make sure to Vote “YES” on Prop 115 and reestablish our rights as citizens of Arizona! This Prop will give authority to three entities to select and review judges. The three entities are AZ Attorneys, AZ Legislature, and AZ Governor. Currently it’s done by and within the closed-loop legal community!

  2. I SAY NO TO PROP 115 it sucks

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