Nevada lawmakers considering judicial selection measure

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment (Assembly Joint Resolution 9) to make state court judges appointed, not elected.

The Nevada Appeal reports the measure set for review by a Legislature committee on Tuesday would have the governor appoint judges from a list of candidates screened by a judicial selection commission.

It would limit judges to no more than four terms of six years each, and have them undergo periodic performance reviews by a state commission.

The proposal is modeled after a Delaware system and would apply to Nevada supreme, appellate and district courts.

It's different from a merit-based judicial appointment process dubbed the Missouri Plan.

That program has the governor name judges from a list provided by a non-partisan commission, and the appointee facing a retention election after a year on the bench.

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