On Wednesday, the General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto of House Bill 239. Against opposition from the bench and the bar, the legislature pushed the court-shrinking bill through on a mostly party–line vote. The override votes came on the heels of a remarkable move by retiring Judge Douglas McCullough–a registered Republican–who reportedly retired a month early to avoid having his seat eliminated by the bill.… Continue Reading
A bill introduced today would shrink the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12. If enacted, the bill would have the next three retirements or other vacancies simply go unfilled.
The Court of Appeals had 12 judges from 1977 through 2000, when the number was increased to 15. Even with a full complement of 15 judges, the judges on the Court of Appeals are extremely busy. … Continue Reading