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NC judge selection panel gets first public input

The Associated Press

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina panel recommending potential appointees for vacant judicial seats is hearing from the public nearly a year after being created by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The Judicial Nominating Commission holds its first public hearing Monday in Asheville. Further sessions will be in Greenville and Chapel Hill later this month. Participants at the three meetings can offer suggestions on the qualities and characteristics judges should possess.

Governors essentially can choose whomever they want to a vacant court seat as long as the candidate is an attorney. But Perdue issued an executive order in April creating the panel responsible for publically recommending three candidates for each opening.

The panel will screen and nominate candidates for vacancy appointments on to the state's Superior Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

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