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Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community (access required)

Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

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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After two judges backed out, Daughton got abortion case (access required)

Critics of an injunction to stop a series of abortion restrictions from taking effect are questioning how and why the case was assigned to three Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The first two judges removed themselves from hearing the case – one was vacationing out of the country and the other gave no reason. The third judge, who came out of retirement to take the case, issued an injunction on Sept. 29 that put the laws on hold.

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Which way will the gavel pass?

Gov. Jan Brewer is planning to attend a "Passing of the Gavel" party tomorrow for Chief Justice Ruth McGregor's impending retirement at the end of the month, and sources say the governor might give a short speech. Some at the Legislature have noted that because the governor's challenge will be heard Tuesday, with McGregor still presiding over the court, the event presents the appearance of impropriety.

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