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Legislators at odds over judicial selection process

Two General Assembly members highlighted differences over Virginia’s method of selecting judges on a newspaper op-ed page Sunday.

Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Hot Springs, and Del. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, disagreed on whether the current method – election by the Assembly – needs reform.

Deeds urged more public input and a more objective review of the candidates’ qualifications. The current process, he said, is “rife with subjective considerations.”

Cline said the current system would not benefit from an unelected, bureaucratic selection commission proposed by some.

“While occasionally messy, often cantankerous, and always political, our current system of appointing judges by the democratically elected representatives of the people is preferable to all other systems,” Cline said.

Their views were published by The Roanoke Times.

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