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House to mull judicial selection changes

The Arizona House is scheduled to take a preliminary vote Tuesday afternoon on a proposed ballot measure that would lengthen the terms of judges and lessen the State Bar of Arizona’s voice in appointing judges.

The proposed changes to the Arizona Constitution would ultimately be decided by voters in late 2012 if the full Legislature approves them.

The measure would extend the terms for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges from six to eight years. County Superior Court judges’ terms would change from four to eight years.

The State Bar of Arizona would no longer nominate five members to 16-member commissions that choose prospective judges on the state appeals courts and Superior Court in Maricopa and Pima counties.
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