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I_JudicialDiscipline_2022A 08/17/2022 09:35:49 AM Committee Summary

Date 08/17/2022
Bacon X
Gardner X
Gonzales X
Lynch X
Moreno X
Van Winkle X
Carver X
Weissman X
Time 09:35:49 AM to 11:32:12 AM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Weissman
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
Introductory Remarks Committee Discussion Only
Public Comment Committee Discussion Only
Bill Draft Requests Committee Discussion Only

Introductory Remarks - Committee Discussion Only

09:38:40 AM  

Chair Weissman made opening remarks and summarized  the agenda, found here:

Public Comment - Committee Discussion Only

09:38:50 AM  

Kimberely DuBuke and Tamara Pelham, representing themselves, testified about senior judges and distributed documents about a case (Attachments A and B). 

Chair Weissman and Vice Chair Carver commented on the issues raised by the public testimony. Further discussion followed about senior judges.

10:03:47 AM  

Kelly Haviland, representing self, testified about family court judges. 

Bill Draft Requests - Committee Discussion Only

10:12:45 AM  

Chair Weissman and Vice-Chair Carver discussed the committee's scope and charge.  They distributed a document outling suggested bill draft requests (Attachment C).  Vice-Chair Carver noted that one bill is for a constitutional amendmend and the other is for statutory changes to the Commission on Judicial Discipline. 


10:37:15 AM  
Committee members discussed Measure 1, as
outlined in the attachment.  Discussion ensued about confidentiality.
 There were no objections to Measure 1.
10:43:07 AM  

Committee members discussed Measure 2, as outlined in Attachment C.  Committee members discussed subpoena power, safe reporting, complainant procedural rights, and data collection.   Committee discussion ensued about overlap with the other measure and contingent language. 


11:02:53 AM  

Committee members asked questions about data collection and sharing. 

Committee members had no objections to Measure 2 as a bill draft request. 

11:13:49 AM  

The committee discussed a possible bill draft request about an ombuds position to triage and track complaints.  Committee members had no objections to a bill draft request for an ombuds position within the Judicial Department. 


11:25:46 AM  

Committee members raised questions about statutes of  limitations for judicial misconduct cases, citing concerns about delays.  Another issue was raised about the chief justice acting as the executive of the Judicial Department. 

11:29:22 AM  

Chair Weissman made closing remarks.

Conrad Imel, Office of Legislative Legal Services, discussed the bill draft request process and associated timelines. 

11:32:12 AM   The committee adjourned.

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details