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Tag Archives: merit selection

Long list of judges can tax a voter’s attention (access required)

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Mail-in voting has a little known advocate in Arizona — and for this group, it’s about giving voters time to finish the ballot. With nearly 80 judges up for retention, and as many as 40 in Maricopa County alone, the state commission tasked with evaluating all of them hopes their findings won’t be skipped or overlooked.

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

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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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Year in Review: High court puts spotlight on AZ in 2011

Robes and gavels were a large part of Arizona’s political scene in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a landmark election law case that came out of the state and agreed to hear SB1070. The state Supreme Court resolved conflicts involving the Independent Redistricting Commission and trial courts were busy with lawsuits contesting cuts to Medicaid and the candidacy of a Mesa woman in the recall election of former Senate President Russell Pearce.

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