Iowa’s judges are chosen by a special commission. Half of that commission is chosen by lawyers.
By allowing lawyers to play such an important role in the selection of our judges, a small group of unelected individuals examines candidates instead of voters. This removes debate over the candidates from the public space and puts it behind closed doors.
There is a proposal in the state legislature to make much-needed reforms. The legislature is considering a change that would replace the lawyer chosen commissioners with ones appointed by legislative leaders from both parties.
If legislative leaders instead of lawyers nominated candidates, these legislators would have the opportunity to be held accountable if they make a poor choice with their nominees. This process would be far more transparent than how it currently stands.
Urge lawmakers to reform our state’s judicial selection process for more transparency and accountability!