Virginia Pilot editorial calls for a new way to pick judges in Virginia

The paper criticizes the current system of the legislature electing state judges.  As an alternative, the editors propose the following:

Other states, such as Utah and Rhode Island and, as of last year, Tennessee, have adopted a system that has drawn strong praise from legal experts and good-government advocates for being thorough. It calls for a commission to recommend prospective judges, the governor to nominate and legislators to confirm.

In practice, local bar associations perform a similar function to the proposed commission, recommending qualified candidates to the local legislators.  However, bar associations are much easier for the politicians to ignore than a commission would be, so the proposal would be a significant change.


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