Governor Strickland appointments judidicial recommendations panels

Still a ways to go, but a welcome move…

OSBA applauds Governor Strickland for establishing judicial appointments recommendations panels
STATEMENT BY
John S. Stith, president
Ohio State Bar Association
January 29, 2007

In the opening weeks of his administration, Governor Ted Strickland has taken a major step toward improving the administration of justice and building public trust and confidence in Ohio’s courts. The Governor’s decision that he will create citizen appointment panels to recommend candidates for filling judicial vacancies is a significant and very welcome reform.

The Ohio State Bar Association, which has been concerned for many years about our state’s methods of judicial selection, has long supported changes aimed at ensuring that only the best qualified and most dedicated lawyers gain entrance into Ohio’s judiciary. Governor Strickland’s plan to establish balanced judicial appointment panels comprised of citizens who understand judicial qualifications, who bring an appreciation for the needs of local communities, and who can help assure the appointment of judges fully committed to the fair and impartial administration of justice in Ohio, is a courageous change that will improve our system of government. The panels’ recommendations regarding appointees will be advisory only, but to the extent they are followed by the Governor, all Ohioans will benefit.

The Ohio State Bar Association commends Governor Strickland on this swift and meaningful change in the appointment process, which is enormously important, and pledges to work with him to further improve the legal and judicial systems in the great state of Ohio.

see the OSBA website for the original release.

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