The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments voted unanimously Monday to be a neutral defendant in a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands the pool of judicial nominees is unconstitutional.Read More »
The current Arizona Supreme Court has the potential to become the longest sitting court since the state stopped electing justices. The crop of justices averages 56 years old. The earliest any of them reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 will be 2021.Read More »
The clerical error that led to two different versions of a ballot measure was an honest mistake that did not confuse voters, and thus didn’t warrant Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s decision to bar measure from going to voters, the Supreme Court said in an opinion published today.Read More »
Former state lawmaker David Lujan has returned to the state Capitol to fill the seat left vacant by Kyrsten Sinema.
Lujan was sworn in as the Senate’s newest member in a brief ceremony today, one day after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed the former House minority leader to the position.
ASU law professor Paul Bender believes the Arizona Supreme Court wrote an unnecessarily lengthy ruling and dissent to explain its decision for allowing him to remain as a nominee for the Independent Redistricting Commission in January.Read More »
Lawyers for an inmate set to be executed this week want the Arizona Supreme Court to withdraw his death warrant because the justices toured death row and met with prison officials.Read More »
Merit selection proponents had to give ground this year in the annual struggle to do away with the state’s system of choosing judges.Read More »
Arizona’s courts have agreed with legislative leaders to a proposed merit selection ballot measure that would lengthen the terms of judges, keeps senate confirmation out of the process and diminishes the State Bar’s role.Read More »
Arizona’s chief Supreme Court justice, Rebecca White Berch, urged a joint session of the Legislature March 21 to reform probate court and not change the way the state chooses its judges.Read More »
The eligibility to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission will be in question for some of the 25 nominees whose names were passed onto legislative leaders Dec. 8.Read More »