The proposed SJR51 will change who is selected for the Appellate Judicial Commission by allowing the governor to appointment one more non-attorney citizen to the Commission, as well as, removing the chief justice from the equation completely. The new Commission will then be compromised of seven voting members and one non-voting members. Besides the four non-attorney voting members chosen by the governor, three attorneys still chosen by member of The Missouri Bar and one non-voting former judge chosen by the Supreme Court will comprise the Appellate Judicial Commission. The final change will be that four finalists will be chosen for submission to the governor, instead of the current three finalists.
Although some opponents of the changes feel they will give too much power to the governor to appointment judges with his same political beliefs, the resolution has already been approved by the Missouri Senate and will be voted on by the entire House later this month. If the resolution passes the House, it will then be placed on the ballot for the November elections for approval by voters.
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