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History of Reform Efforts: New Jersey

Active Organizations

New Jersey State Bar Association
In 1970, the NJSBA passed a detailed resolution criticizing the practice of senatorial courtesy and urging the adoption of a constitutional amendment that would require all judicial appointments to be voted on by the senate within a reasonable period of time. In 1993, the bar filed a lawsuit challenging the practice of senatorial courtesy, but the supreme court declined to exercise jurisdiction over the issue. DeVesa v. Dorsey, 134 N.J. 429 (1993). In 2001, the NJSBA released a report entitled "Improving the Judicial Selection Process."