Nev. Judicial Selection Process Opened

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection has voted to lift the confidentiality on the process used to fill judicial vacancies.

The seven-member commission this week agreed to open its interviews, deliberations and most application information to the public.

Until now, the commission has done most of its work in secret.

The commission interviews and gathers background information on
candidates when a judicial vacancy arises in mid-term.

The panel then makes three recommendations to the governor, who
makes the final appointment.

Some things will remain confidential under the new procedures, like personal and health information, as well as comments solicited by the commission about candidates and letters of reference.

Commission members will review draft rules to make the change when it meets in January.