Governor Criticizes Judicial-Selection Process

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The Judicial Update

December 11th, 2011

Virginia: Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is making a move to try and rework the state of Virginia's judicial selection system.[1]

In his opinion, there is too much "horse-trading" in the current judicial selection process, in which the General Assembly selects the judges. "There's got to be a better way to go about it," said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling in an interview with the Daily Press.[1]

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling put forth that he would rather see a system that has a bipartisan commission which would select state judges to serve on the circuit courts, the general district courts, as well as the juvenile and domestic relations courts around the state of Virginia. This commission system, Bolling feels, would put a better emphasis on choosing judges for their merit and ability to do their job.[1]

When Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling was a senator, he had introduced bills that would try to move towards this commission-selection system he is hoping to achieve now. However, Bolling acknowledged that changing the long standing judicial selection system that is set in place as of now will be hard to do. The General Assembly's power of selecting judges is one of their main powers, and it is expected that lawmakers will not want to easily give up this responsibility.[1]

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