National Forum On Judicial Accountability
Hi all. I'd like to get your comments and input on how we should progress, here in Montana, with preparing, writing and submitting a bill to pass legislation that will remove self-disciplined commissions from within our government. Our judiciary oversight, frankly, is nothing but cronyism and a farce to put it bluntly. We have what is known as a "Judicial Standards Commission" that oversees and reviews cases of greviences/complaints against judges. It is a 5 member panel. It consists of 2 judges, an attorney and 2 at large citizens (probably all friends with the judges. A district court judge chairs the commission. This clearly is a violation of the 10th amendment. When there are clear legal and ethical violations by a judge, nothing is ever done. It's time to legislate citizens panels into these oversight committees at all levels and departments of government.
Enactment of NFOJA's proposed Citizens Panel On Judicial Misconduct Act would require an amendment of the state constitution in Montana.
Exactly! And an estimate of the number of registered voters in the 23 smallest counties is shared @ https://50states.ning.com/group/montana/forum/topics/getting-nfoja-...
Yup, I printed that off. So the approach would be to go to the smaller counties, first, to get signatures?
Yes! And Montana is a perfect test state because of its many sparsely populated counties!
So what are the possibilities/probability we can get it on the ballot this fall?
Pose that question to the members of our private sub-group Montana for NFOJA.