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NJ bar group warns about judicial independence

Local News | Mar 26, 2014

NJ bar group warns about judicial independence

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Bar Association has formed a task force to examine what it says are ongoing concerns about the independence of the judicial branch.

The association plans to hold a public hearing on the issue April 1 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Members of the association include retired jurists, lawyers, academics and educators. The group hopes to develop recommendations on how the current system of judicial appointment and reappointment might be improved.

The association previously urged the reappointment of the chief justice of the state Supreme Court and expressed anger over Gov. Chris Christie’s refusal to reappoint two previous justices.