North Carolina Advocates for Justice Calls for Veto of Changes to Judicial Discipline

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The North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) has written to Governor Pat McCrory calling for him to veto a bill passed in the waning hours of the legislative session that dramatically changes how judges may be disciplined in North Carolina.

House Bill 652¹ rolls back reforms passed with bipartisan legislative and judicial support in 2006.² The NCAJ leadership sees these changes as making the discipline process less transparent and creating a conflict of interest with respect to the discipline of NC Supreme Court justices, as detailed here: http://bit.ly/13mfpdi. NCAJ joins the Honorable John Martin, Chair of the Judicial Standards Commission and Chief Judge of the NC Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Sarah Parker, Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, in opposing the bill.

If signed into law, NCAJ believes that the bill will decrease the efficiency, integrity, and transparency of reviews of judicial conduct in North Carolina, undermining North Carolinians access to a fair, independent judicial system.

NCAJ President David Teddy writes, “We note troubling change in H652 that removes independent ethical scrutiny of the Supreme Court’s own conduct.” To read the full letter, visit http://www.ncaj.com

NCAJ provides continuing legal education for lawyers aimed at enhancing the quality of the legal profession, offers public education programs aimed at enhancing public access and understanding of the legal system, supports the writing of amicus briefs for the appellate courts, and advocates at the legislature in the areas of criminal and civil justice.

¹Ratified on July 26, 2013, http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/HTML/H652v4.html

²See SL 2006-187, s. 11

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