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Title 4: Judiciary

Chapter 15: JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

4 V.S.A. § 601. Judicial Nominating Board created; composition



§ 601. Judicial Nominating Board created; composition

(a) A Judicial Nominating Board is created for the nomination of Supreme Court Justices, Superior Judges, Magistrates, the Chair of the Public Service Board, and members of the Public Service Board.

(b) The Board shall consist of 11 members who shall be selected as follows:

(1) The Governor shall appoint two members who are not attorneys at law.

(2) The Senate shall elect three of its members, not all of whom shall be members of the same party, and only one of whom may be an attorney at law.

(3) The House shall elect three of its members, not all of whom shall be members of the same party, and only one of whom may be an attorney at law.

(4) Attorneys at law admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Vermont, and residing in the State, shall elect three of their number as members of the Board. The Supreme Court shall regulate the manner of their nomination and election.

(5) The members of the Board appointed by the Governor shall serve for terms of two years and may serve for no more than three terms. The members of the Board elected by the House and Senate shall serve for terms of two years and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms. The members of the Board elected by the attorneys at law shall serve for terms of two years and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms. All appointments or elections shall be between January 1 and February 1 of each odd-numbered year, except to fill a vacancy. Members shall serve until their successors are elected or appointed.

(6) The members shall elect their own chair who will serve for a term of two years.

(c) Legislative members of the Board shall be entitled to per diem compensation and reimbursement for expenses in accordance with 2 V.S.A. § 406. Members of the Board who are not otherwise compensated by their employer shall be entitled to per diem compensation and reimbursement for expenses in the same manner as board members are compensated under 32 V.S.A. § 1010. All compensation and reimbursement shall be paid from the legislative appropriation.

(d) The Judicial Nominating Board shall adopt rules under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 which shall establish criteria and standards for the nomination of qualified candidates for justices of the Supreme court, superior judges, magistrates, the Chair of the Public Service Board, and members of the Public Service Board. The criteria and standards shall include such factors as integrity, legal knowledge and ability, judicial temperament, impartiality, health, experience, diligence, administrative and communicative skills, social consciousness, and public service.

(e) A quorum of the Board shall consist of eight members.

(f) The board is authorized to use the staff and services of appropriate state agencies and departments as necessary to conduct investigations of applicants. (Amended 1966, No. 64 (Sp. Sess.), § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1967, No. 306 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1969, No. 125, § 6; 1971, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1975, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1979, No. 141 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1985, No. 108 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. March 25, 1986; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 32; 2011, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § E.125.1, eff. March 7, 2012.)


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