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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chief justice supports switch to retention elections for judges

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson came out today in support of the Quie Commission's recommendation that Minnesota switch to a retention system for electing judges. The announcement came during the chief justice's annual state-of-the-judiciary address at the Minnesota State Bar Association's annual meeting in Duluth.

In related news, the Judicial Council yesterday at the MSBA convention voted to set up a group to study the criteria and cost of performance evaluations for judges. Magnuson then said that the bench needs to actively educate the public about judicial elections. "We need to provide meaningful information to people who will be casting ballots," the chief justice said.

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