HB 1036 Revokes the right of voters to vote for Marion County judges

Marion County judicial selection. Provides for the selection of Marion superior court judges. This bill establishes a 14 member Marion County judicial selection committee. The committee chooses three nominees for judicial appointment and the governor selects the judge from those three. The only opportunity for the taxpayers to weigh in on the decision happens at the stage of retention for a judge upon the end of their term. The only opportunity that the judge’s retention goes on to the general election ballots is AFTER the committee reviews the judge’s suitable continuance on the bench with the court.

There is an amendment that would have allowed the direct election of judges in the primary and general elections. This would create a system that would provide taxpayers with a continued vote in the process along with ensuring diversity in our courts.

The amendment that needs to be added is Amendment #4.