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History of Reform Efforts: District of Columbia

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

The "Local Court Reform Act of 2001" would have provided for selection of D.C. judges by the mayor with the consent of the council. The bill would also have allowed judges, rather than the judicial nomination commission, to select the chief judge, and would have removed the authority of the president and the chief judge of the D.C. federal district court to appoint members of the nomination commission. After two public hearings, the committee of the whole did not place the bill on the council's agenda.