Executive Order No. 16 (2018) -

Executive Order No. 16 (2018)

Continuation of Judicial Advisory Panel and Modification of Executive Order No. 36 (Corzine)

Issued: March 20, 2018.

Effective: March 20, 2018.

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of New Jersey assigns to the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, responsibility for nominating judges to serve in our State Judiciary; and

WHEREAS, the Governor has historically relied on guidance and counsel from former judges and respected legal practitioners in the process of reviewing potential judicial nominees and making judicial appointments; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 36 (2006), as amended by Executive Order No. 32 (2010), formalized this practice by establishing a Judicial Advisory Panel comprised of former jurists and practicing attorneys to evaluate candidates for positions on New Jersey's State courts and provide the Governor with recommendations regarding those candidates' qualifications and fitness to serve as judges; and

WHEREAS, the Governor will continue to rely on the Judicial Advisory Panel in considering candidates for judgeships on the Superior Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of New Jersey;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. Executive Order No. 36 (2006), as modified by Executive Order No. 32 (2010), which set forth the purpose and role that the Judicial Advisory Panel shall have in the Governor's process of evaluating candidates for appointment to the State Judiciary, is hereby continued and shall remain in full force and effect except as expressly provided by this Order.

2. Paragraph 9 of Executive Order No. 36 (2006), which provided that members of the Judicial Advisory Panel shall serve terms of five years, is hereby rescinded. Members of the Judicial Advisory Panel shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

3. All other provisions of Executive Order No. 36 (2006), as modified by Executive Order No. 32 (2010), shall remain in full force and effect.

4. This Order shall take effect immediately.

(Published April 5, 2010 in the New Jersey Register at 42 N.J.R. 689(b). Published March 20, 2018 in the New Jersey Register at 50 N.J.R. 1127(b).)

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