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Forum focusing on proposed judicial changes


The Daily Reflector

Monday, December 4, 2017

The state conference of the NAACP and several other organization are holding a meeting to focus attention on proposed changes to the state’s judicial system.

The “Empty Chair Town Hall” is being held at 6:30 p.m. today in the  Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive.

In recent months the state House has redrawn judicial maps. A bill has been introduced that would require judges to run every two years instead of the current four-year term for district court judges and eight years for superior court judges. There also is a proposal to end the election of judges and instead have it an appointed position.

Legislation also was approved this year ending primary election for judges.

Organizers of Monday’s event said they are asking lawmakers to sign a pledge to oppose what they call partisan attacks on the judicial system. 

A news release announcing Monday’s event said all local lawmakers were invited to the meeting. The release said an empty chair and name tag will be placed on stage to represent local lawmakers who did not sign the pledge or who do not attend Monday’s meeting. Audience members can direct questions to the chairs. 

Monday’s event is sponsored by state Sen. Don Davis, D-Pitt, and NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, NC NAACP and Progress NC.