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Democracy NC compiles responses to legislature’s attempts to change the courts

The North Carolina General Assembly has honed in this year on changing the makeup of the state’s judiciary, and a lot of folks have had a lot to say about it.

Democracy North Carolina recently compiled a seven-page document that highlights responses from judges, Bar leaders and other judicial stakeholders.

“Politicians in Raleigh have tried to dramatically change North Carolina’s voting rules, but the courts have repeatedly overruled them,” the document states. “Now they’re attempting to take control of the courts by changing the way judges are elected in North Carolina. Bills currently circulating in the N.C. House and Senate would shorten judicial terms, gerrymander court districts, or eliminate elections to allow politicians to appoint judges. In response, leaders from the legal community (regardless of position or party politics) have overwhelmingly opposed these proposals, pushing back against attacks on the judiciary.”

The list includes news articles from local media outlets and national coverage, and is broken down by topic and bill number with links to each article. You can read the full document here.

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