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Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community

Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community

During the four decades of merit selection for judges in Arizona’s most populous counties, the number of women and minorities serving in judicial positions has increased gradually. The Arizona Judicial Diversity Project was launched in February to maintain this upward trajectory of increasing diversity, which former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor says results in a better-functioning judiciary.

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Judicial imbalance

Judicial imbalance

Relatively few private attorneys want to become judges in Arizona

Stagnant salaries and diminished retirement benefits keep private attorneys from joining Arizona’s bench, which is becoming unbalanced by increasing numbers of former government lawyers, said a lobbyist for Arizona judges.

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