Justice Not Politics today responded to the legislative proposal released that would drastically alter the merit selection process for choosing Iowa’s judges. Justice Not Politics also released a breakdown of the political makeup of Iowa’s District & State Judicial Nominating Commissions.
Connie Ryan, chair of Justice Not Politics, released the following statement criticizing the proposal released today:
“Iowans depend on an independent Judicial Branch. If the political branches of government have complete control over how judges are selected as proposed in this legislation, it threatens our system of checks and balances.”
“Our state is recognized regularly as a model example for how we can avoid the partisan battles that are so prevalent in Washington, D.C. over judicial appointments. Why would we want to insert that kind of politics into Iowa’s courts?”
“The judicial nominating commissions consistently find fair-minded, quality nominees for appointment to the bench. The proposal released today is an attempt to give complete control over how judges are selected to politicians. It must be opposed by all who believe our courts must remain fair, impartial, and non-partisan.”
Justice Not Politics is a broad based, nonpartisan coalition of organizations and Iowans across the political spectrum — progressive to conservative, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, representing tens of thousands of Iowans who believe our courts should be free from political and financial influence.