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NCBA floats hybrid model for seating judges (access required)

Amid increasing calls for reform in judicial selection across the country, the North Carolina Bar Association is putting together a proposal that would fundamentally change the way judges are selected, while keeping elections as part of the equation. Since 1868, North Carolina residents have chosen judges at the polls. But a new layer between the electorate and the ballot box could be put in place under a proposal expected to be introduced when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

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