The Advocacy and Public Policy Committee of the JI Board of Directors drafted and delivered a clarion cry to the co-chairs and members of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Joint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting. In the informed letter, research from the Brennan Center was cited, and can be summarized by the following excerpt citing the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ)’s Public Trust and Confidence Committee: “[n]othing is more fundamental to our system of justice than having qualified, independent judges to settle disputes.” Further, we agree with the Committee’s recommendation that “[i]n order to enhance and preserve the highest degree of judicial integrity, fairness, and impartiality . . . the General Assembly [should] take steps to minimize the perceived impact of judicial elections on our system of justice by changing how judges and justices are selected and retained.”
See the full letter on our Advocacy Page.