Cal. Litig. 2014, Volume 27, Number 3

Have A Voice! Weighing In On Prospective California Judges Through the JNE Commission

By Lara M. Krieger

You might be surprised, but I know a few things about you: You are a lawyer. Likely a litigator. Okay, you are probably not surprised yet. But here is another: You are committed to a strong, independent, and efficient California judicial branch. But the budget shortfalls and other travails facing our state’s courts seem overwhelming, and you feel challenged to identify ways in which you can improve the system. Here is one easy way to do so that you may already be aware of, but not fully acquainted with: The State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation.

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The Commission, commonly known as the JNE Commission (pronounced "Jenny"), is the statutory body charged with performing rigorous, objective, and confidential evaluations of prospective bench officers before appointment by the Governor. Because litigators are likely the most familiar with potential judicial appointees, a vital part of that evaluation process depends on your participation.

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