AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE THAT CANDIDATES FOR JUDGESHIPS MUST HAVE AT LEAST FIVE YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS LICENSED ATTORNEYS.
Subject to approval by the voters of the state at the November 4, 2016, general election, amends section 22 of Article IV of the NC Constitution, concerning the qualification of justices and judges, adding language that requires individuals to have at least five years' experience as a licensed attorney in North Carolina in order to be eligible for election or appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of the Court of Appeals or a judge of superior court or district court. If approved by the voters, the amendment becomes effective January 1, 2017, applying to judicial appointments and elections on or after that date.
Amends GS 7A-142 concerning vacancies of district judges, making conforming changes, providing that people nominated to fill a vacant district judge seat must have at least five years' experience as licensed attorneys in North Carolina. Effective January 1, 2017, if the above constitutional amendment is approved, applying to judicial appointments and elections on or after that date.
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