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Judges' Performance Could be Reviewed by Independent Panel

Judges' Performance Could be Reviewed by Independent Panel



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A task force headed by Sen. Chris Buttars wants a new, independent commission to evaluate how Utah's judges are performing and to let voters know about it.

Members of a proposed 13-member commission would be equally chosen by the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Sitting judges and legislators would not be eligible.

Court officials say they were surprised to learn they will likely be losing control of the evaluation process. Buttars' Judicial Retention Election Task Force was supposed to study how to improve an information pamphlet sent to voters asked to keep or reject judges appointed by the governor.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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