North Carolina Judicial Appointment Amendment (2012)
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The measure would have replaced the present practice of selecting Justices and Judges of the Appellate Division and Judges of the Superior Court by gubernatorial appointment.
Text of measure
The proposed measure would have asked voters:
Constitutional amendment to replace the present practice of selecting Justices and Judges of the Appellate Division and Judges of the Superior Court by gubernatorial appointment, followed by elections, with a method by which (i) two candidates for Justice and Judge will be nominated by a nominating commission, the Governor will appoint one of them, and at the next election the voters will choose in a nonpartisan election between the two persons, (ii) at the end of the term of a Justice or Judge who has successfully won an election, the question of the Justice's or Judge's retention in office is submitted for approval or disapproval by nonpartisan vote of the people, (iii) provision is made for the case of withdrawal of a candidate before the election, and (iv) provision is made for appointment of the Chief Justice from among the Associate Justices.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Carolina Constitution
The North Carolina Constitution, Section 4 of Article XIII, requires that a legislatively-referred amendment go on the ballot after it is approved by a 60% vote of each house of the North Carolina State Legislature.
- Senate Bill 458 (full text)