Search Results for: judges
October 14, 2014
- Vote 2014: Judicial Retention | Video
- In Arizona, judges on the state level and in the two largest counties are not elected, but are appointed. However, every election they are up for retention and can be voted off the court. Judges are rated by those who use the court system, and those results are available for review by voters. In this election cycle, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance has issued a rare non-retention for a judge in Pima County. Mike Hellon, chair of the commission, will discuss how you can find out information about judges on the ballot.
October 31, 2012
- VOTE 2012: Voting on Judges | Video
- Mike Hellon, Chairman of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, explains how voters can get informed about the judges who appear on the November ballot.
September 18, 2012
- Vote 2012: Proposition 115 (The Judicial Department) | Video
- Proponents and opponents of Prop 115 debate the merits of this constitutional amendment that was referred to the ballot by the Arizona State Legislature. The measure would revise procedures for appointing judges and make various other changes to the judicial system.
September 7, 2011
- Health Benefits for Same Sex Partners of State Employees | Video
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees. Dan Barr, the plaintiffsâ€™ attorney in the legal challenge to the law discusses the case.
February 5, 2009
- Merit Selection | Video
- In Arizona, judges on the state level and in our two most populous counties are not elected; they are chosen by a commission. Find out about the history and pros and cons of the system from Maricopa County Judicial Nominating Commissioner Doug Cole and attorney Len Munsil.
October 14, 2008
- Judicial Performance Review | Video
- Voting on the retention of judges can be a confusing decision. Roberta Voss, chair of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance, explains how judges are rated and where you can get this information.
Related Web site: http://www.azjudges.info
March 31, 2008
- Merit Selection | Video
- We discuss HCR 2063, a bill that would require elections for Superior Court judges in Arizona counties, including Maricopa and Pima. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa, will discuss the issue with House Minority Leader Rep. Phil Lopes of Tucson.
February 7, 2008
- Chief Justice McGregor | Video
- Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor recently gave her state of the judiciary speech to the Arizona legislature. The Chief Justice will talk about issues regarding the judiciary, including attempts to get rid of the merit selection system for judges. She will also talk about a program the courts have to help people meet their mortgage payments.
September 14, 2006
- Proposition 301
- Current law states that people convicted for the first or second time for drug possession or use get probation rather than jail or prison time. Prop 301 would amend current law so that a person who is convicted for the first or second time of personal possession or use of meth can be sentenced to a term in jail or prison. The change in the law would allow judges to use a jail term as a condition of probation to force meth users to comply with court mandated drug rehab.
July 25, 2006
- ELL Issue in 9th Circuit
- Judges at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on both sides of the case regarding Arizona English language learner’s requirement to pass the AIMS test. In April, appellate judges agreed to continue to block enforcement of a trial judge’s order that the state cannot deny diplomas to students classified as English language learners just because they failed to pass the standardized test. Reporter Howard Fischer joins us from San Francisco with an update.
April 5, 2006
- Judicial Merit
- HORIZON explores judicial merit selection. Maricopa County is one of two counties in Arizona that appoints judges based on merit. With a fast growing state, can merit selection improve the judicial system? Michael Grant interviews local leaders on both sides of the issue.
January 18, 2005
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines
- The Supreme Court throws out the way federal judges determine sentences. ASU law professor Paul Bender talks about last week's rulings and its implications.