Former Alaska judge Elaine Andrews believes the state has one of the best processes for selecting judges in the country — and she’d like to keep it that way.
“It is among the most transparent in the nation,” Andrews said during the March 1 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the ER Ale House. “It is an amazing thing.”
Rather than having elected judges, Alaska’s system relies on a “merit based” system, Andrews explained. She explained that the authors of the Alaska Constitution didn’t want the judicial selection process to be overly political, so they installed a system in which the Alaska Judicial Council reviews and selects potential judges.
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