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NO. R-57. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO AN EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR THE CONVENING OF A JOINT ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON THE RETENTION OF SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES AND DISTRICT COURT JUDGES .

( J.R.S. 31)

Offered by: Senator Sears of Bennington County.

Whereas, declarations have been submitted by the following judges that they be retained for another six-year term: the Honorable Alan W. Cheever, the Honorable

Mary M. Teachout, and the Honorable Alan W. Cook, and

Whereas, the procedures of the Joint Committee on Judicial Retention require at least two public hearings and the review of information provided by each judge and the comments of members of the Vermont bar and the public, and

Whereas, the Committee anticipates that it will be unable to fulfill its responsibilities under subsection 608(b) of Title 4 to evaluate the judicial performance of the judges seeking to be retained in office for a report to be submitted by March 13, 1997, the date specified in subsection 608(e) of Title 4, and for a vote in Joint Assembly to be held on March 20, 1997, the date specified in subsection 10(b) of Title 2, and

Whereas, subsection 608(g) of Title 4 permits the General Assembly to defer action on the retention of judges to a subsequent Joint Assembly when the Committee is unable to make a timely recommendation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the vote by the General Assembly on the retention of the Honorable Alan W. Cheever, the Honorable Mary M. Teachout, and the Honorable Alan W. Cook be deferred to a Joint Assembly to be held on April 10, 1997.