Oct. 17, 2017
Contact: Bryan Warner, Common Cause NC, 919-836-0027 or

CCNC responds to legislative proposal that would radically alter NC judicial elections

RALEIGH – On Tuesday, state Sen. Bill Rabon, the NC Senate Rules Committee chair, filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would reduce the term length of elected judges to two years, down from the current four years for district court judges and eight years for superior court and appellate-level judges.

The following is a statement from Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC.

“This proposal would radically alter our state’s judicial elections, and it is yet another troubling example of the legislature attempting to undermine the independence of North Carolina’s judicial branch of government. We call on the legislature to reject this ploy to politicize our courts and to end these reckless power plays.

"Instead, the legislature should work in a respectful and productive fashion with the judicial branch on any reforms that may legitimately be needed to ensure our court system functions fairly and effectively for all citizens of our state.”

Common Cause NC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.

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