"Judges, Should They Be Elected Or Appointed? - Show I" was first aired on Sunday September 1st 2002. Our Guests were The Honorable Niles Jackson, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma and Burck Bailey, Attorney with Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens.
Our topics included:
- In Oklahoma, Appellate Judges run on a retention ballot. Is this system working?
- Has anyone ever been turned out of office or not retained and what does this tell us?
- The Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission; what is its purpose and what does it do?
- How does this Commission operate?
- What is the Commission's membership - controlled by lay people?
- Is this substitution of one set of politics for another?
- What restrictions, if any, on the Governor about Judicial appointments?
- Why was the Legislative Task Force on Judicial Selection formed?
- In Oklahoma, the Trial Judges in the District Court, run every four years on the nonpartisan ballot. How do other states handle the same process?
- Is this a good process?
Bailey, Blankenship, Jackson