NJ Task Force Considers Judicial Independence Fixes

By Martin Bricketto (April 1, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey task force crafting recommendations to protect judicial independence heard calls on Tuesday to guarantee the reappointment of judges unless they are unfit for the job, raise the mandatory retirement age for judges and end state senators' ability to indefinitely hold up nominees.

The Task Force on Judicial Independence — formed by the New Jersey State Bar Association and chaired by retired Judges Dorothea O'C. Wefing and Maurace Gallipoli — held its first public hearing at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick amid what some described as unprecedented political attacks on the judiciary.

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