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NV Considering Doing Away with Judicial Elections

All district, appellate and Supreme Court judges in Nevada are currently elected by voters. But that would change under a proposed constitutional amendment in the state’s Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee.

 

Under the proposed measure, AJR 9, district, appellate and Supreme Court judges would be appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates chosen by a commission.

 

The proposal is modeled after a system used in Delaware but with some additional provisions. For instance, it would limit judges to four, six-year terms and require them to undergo periodic performance reviews, evaluating their legal knowledge, judicial temperament, communication skills and work ethic.

 

If approved, the new judicial selection system would take effect in January 2026. (NEVADA APPEAL [CARSON CITY], LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)