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AZ Merit Selection of Judges - A System That Works

Merit Selection of Judges & Judicial Performance Review

AZ Judicial Performance Review Reports on Judges

Since 1974, Arizona voters have benefited from a judicial merit selection and retention process. Here is how it works. Nonpartisan commissions evaluate judicial applicants for the Governor's appointment. Then judges up for retention election in all appellate courts statewide and trial court judges in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties are evaluated by the Judicial Performance Review Commission (JPR,) who vote if whether a judge meets or does not meet judicial performance standards. Results of each JPR vote appear online and in the Secretary of State's Voter Pamphlet along with state Ballot Propositions.

2016 JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW RESULTS FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission Website

Arizona Judicial Performance Review Basics

Arizona Arizona Judicial Performance Review - Finish the Ballot You Tube

FINISH YOUR BALLOT!

USE 2016 JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW VOTE on JUDGES UP FOR RETENTION to Finish Your Ballot!

On Friday, June 24, 2016, the Judicial Performance Review Commission (JPR,) voted that almost all judges up for retention election this November in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties and all appellate judges meet Judicial Performance Standards. A majority of the Commission voted that two judges do not meet standards (see below.) More than half of the JPR Commission are public citizens volunteers, including Metro Phoenix Leaguers Barbara Robertson and Care Lengel, while up to 6 attorneys and 6 judges also serve.

Vote Results on two 2016 Judges
Hon. Jo Lynn Gentry - Maricopa County - 14 Meets Standards; 17 Does Not Meet Standards
Hon. Carmine Cornelio - Pima County - 4 Meets Standards; 27 Does Not Meet Standards

See complete Full 2016 Vote by JPR Commission
Complete 2016 survey information on all judges up for 2016 retention

In September, expect a complete JPR Result in the Arizona Secretary of State's printed Voter Guide on Ballot Propositions and Judges that is mailed to every home with a registered voter. Check back here for a link later!

JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR ON AZ MERIT SELECTION OF JUDGES

"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Supports Arizona's Merit Selection of Judges"

Female Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Justice O'Connor's Appointment

LWV helped to craft and pass merit selection of judges and judicial performance review in Arizona. According to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "After Merit Selection was enacted in 1974, I saw the changes over the years. It's been good for Arizona. We have excellent judges here. The merit selection system works well."

"**AZ Merit Selection System - Introduction

LWV SUPPORTS MERIT SELECTION & JPR

LWVAZ & LWVMP helped to create and supports Merit Selection.

RECENT: 2012 LWVAZ Statement Against Prop 115 for Secretary of State's Voter Pamphlet

JUDICIARY & POLITICS

LWV helped to craft and pass merit selection of judges and judicial performance review in Arizona. According to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "After Merit Selection was enacted in 1974, I saw the changes over the years. It's been good for Arizona. We have excellent judges here. The merit selection system works well."

"**AZ Merit Selection System - Introduction

Elsewhere, outside money is influencing judges' elections

**Spending Surges in Important State Judicial Races