Governor Signs “Merit” Selection Change in Arizona

April 11, 2013

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation this week modifying the state’s “merit” selection system to require the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments to send the governor five potential nominees for each judicial vacancy, rather than three.  It’s a small change, but indicative of the widespread dissatisfaction with “merit” selection and an acknowledgement that unelected, unaccountable commissions have far too much power over who sits on state courts.  According to news reports, Brewer herself has “never been a fan of having to select from a list” and supports changing to a federal-style system.

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