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NO. R-70. JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING DEADLINE OF THE JUDICIAL RETENTION COMMITTEE.

(J.R.H. 51)

Offered by: Representative Little of Shelburne.

Whereas, declarations have been submitted by the following justices and judges that they be retained for another six-year term, the Honorable Justice Amestoy, Justice Dooley, Justice Johnson, Justice Morse, Justice Skoglund, Judge Burgess, Judge DiMauro, Judge Hudson, Judge Kupersmith, Judge Levitt, Judge Wesley, Judge Jenkins and Judge Norton, 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 by March 11, 1999, the date specified in subsection 608(e) of Title 4, and for a vote in Joint Assembly to be held on March 18, 1999, 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 Justice Amestoy, Justice Dooley, Justice Johnson, Justice Morse, Justice Skoglund, Judge Burgess, Judge DiMauro, Judge Hudson, Judge Kupersmith, Judge Levitt, Judge Wesley, Judge Jenkins and Judge Norton be deferred until not later than April 8, 1999.