An old debate about whether judges should be elected or appointed is heating up again. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and several state Supreme Court justices are planning a nationwide push during next year’s state legislative sessions to end the practice of electing judges. Nevada already has such a proposal before voters on the 2010 ballot, the Associated Press reports.
Colorado is one of the states that has a so-called “merit selection” system. The University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, headed by former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, is coordinating the effort.