Board of Judicial Conduct Bill Makes First Big Move

Legislation that would make changes to the Court of the Judiciary cleared its first major hurdle today. The bill, which would rename the Court as the Board of Judicial Conduct, would also change the appointing authorities, and revise the standard for proceeding to hearing. It would preserve the balance of 10 judges, three lawyers and three citizen members. Sponsored by Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, the bill received a 12-2 vote in the House Judiciary Committee and now goes to the floor. Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins, who chairs the Judicial Conference Committee charged with working with the legislature on the bill, indicated that the changes were suitable. Download the amendment.

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