Judicial Selection Coalition
This program was active from 2006-2010 but is now inactive.
The coalition was made up of organizations and interested individuals with concern about the current process for selecting judges in Washington State. Each organization considered and acted upon proposed initiatives as recommended by representatives through meetings held approximately monthly.
Some of the expressed concerns that gave rise to this coalition effort were: the increasingly partisan nature of judicial campaigns; the escalating costs of funding a judicial election campaign; the lack of judicial campaign financing limits; the growing amounts of special interest money being injected into judicial campaigns; the lack of sufficient standards for eligibility for judicial office; the relative shortage of useful information available to voters regarding judicial candidates and the difficulties of ferreting out such information; and the skewing of voting results by irrelevant factors such as ballot placement and commonness of names of judicial candidates.
One of the principal activities of the coalition was sponsorship of www.votingforjudges.org, a nonpartisan information source about all judicial races in the state of Washington.
Judicial Selection Coalition Participants
The following organizations were participating in the coalition:
- American Judicature Society
- Asian Bar Association
- Defender Association
- King County Bar Association
- League of Women Voters of Washington
- Loren Miller Bar Association
- Municipal League of King County
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
- Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
- Washington Women Lawyers
More Information on Judicial Selection
The Washington Judicial Selection Coalition is not the only group considering how best to select state judges. What follows are web sites and articles that provide additional information on this topic from within Washington and around the nation. Where materials are available electronically, the citation contains a hyperlink.