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Local Attorneys Concerned About Bill Proposing Changes to Judicial Nomination Process
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Local attorneys are concerned that a new bill being proposed at the statehouse could inject more politics into the process of appointing judges to the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Vacancies on those courts are filled by the governor who chooses from a list of nominees presented by a judicial nominating commission. That 16 member panel is made up of eight people chosen by the governor and confirmed by the Senate and eight members chosen via election by attorneys across the state, two for each congressional district.