Assembly set to meet in early August as House casts wider net for appeals court candidates | Government and Politics
“I have been trying to start the process for selecting judges since January,” Surovell said on Friday. “The court previously asked us to fill these positions by July 1, so that he could be able to do what we asked him to do on January 1.”
House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, chairman of the House Courts of Justice committee, said the delay would allow more candidates to be considered in a historic size expansion and the functions of the court of appeal.
“It’s a really good thing,” Herring said in an interview on Friday. “It gives people a chance, a fair chance and the integrity of the process is preserved.”
“That doesn’t mean we won’t have everything in place and we still won’t be ready to go,” on January 1, she said.
The process of assessing potential candidates for appeals court seats hit a roadblock after the state bar informed lawmakers last month that it had received nominations from 50 candidates.
The Bar Judicial Nominee Assessment Committee “is unable to assess this large number of candidates for a number of reasons,” said Maryse Allen, Prince William County lawyer and panel co-chair of 11 members, in a letter to Maryse Allen, lawyer for Prince William County and co-chair of the 11-member panel. Edwards and other legislative leaders on April 16.
Instead, Allen proposed that each chamber identify no more than 15 potential candidates for assessment of their qualifications to sit on the appeals court.