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HF 1083

1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/13/2013 08:02pm

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A bill for an act
relating to judicial selection; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota
Constitution, article VI, sections 7 and 8; establishing retention elections for
judges; creating a judicial performance evaluation commission; appropriating
money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 10A.01, subdivisions 7,
10, 15; 10A.14, subdivision 1; 10A.20, subdivision 2; 204B.06, subdivision 6;
204B.11, by adding a subdivision; 204B.34, subdivision 3; 204B.36, subdivision
4; 480B.01, subdivisions 1, 10; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapters 204D; 480B; 490A; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012,
sections 204B.36, subdivision 5; 204D.14, subdivision 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
amendment is adopted, article VI, section 7, will read:
new text end

Sec. 7.

deleted text beginThe term of office of all judges shall be six years and until their successors are
qualified. They
deleted text endnew text begin Following appointment by the governor, each judge shall initially hold
office for a term ending the first Monday in January following the next regularly scheduled
general election held more than one year after the appointment. A judge's retention
new text end shall
be deleted text beginelecteddeleted text endnew text begin determinednew text end by the voters from the area which deleted text beginthey are to servedeleted text endnew text begin the judge
serves,
new text end in the manner provided by law. new text beginThe term of office of a judge who is retained shall
be six years and until a successor is appointed and qualified. A judicial performance
evaluation commission shall evaluate in a nonpartisan manner the performance of judges
according to criteria that the commission develops and publishes, and any other criteria
established by law.
new text end

new text begin article VI, section 8, will read:
new text end

Sec. 8.

Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of judgenew text begin,new text end the governor shall appoint
deleted text beginin the manner provided by lawdeleted text end a qualified person to fill the vacancy deleted text beginuntil a successor is
elected and qualified. The successor shall be elected for a six year term at the next general
election occurring more than one year after the appointment
deleted text endnew text begin from a list of candidates
nominated by a merit selection commission, in the manner provided by law
new text end.

Sec. 2. new text beginSUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2014 general
election. The question submitted must be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to strengthen the impartiality of the
judiciary by providing that all judges be appointed by the governor from a list of candidates
nominated by a merit selection commission, in the manner provided by law, with their
continuation in office determined at a retention election after a public, nonpartisan
evaluation of their performance by an independent performance evaluation commission?
new text end

new text begin Yes
.
new text end
new text begin No . "
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginTRANSITION.
new text end

new text begin A judge currently seated or elected at the time the constitutional amendment
provided in section 1 is adopted shall complete the remainder of the judge's term as it
existed before adoption of the amendment. Following completion of their terms, these
judges are subject to the retention election process as provided in the constitution and may
file for retention following the procedures described in article 2.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

STATUTORY PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.01, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Ballot question.

"Ballot question" means a question or proposition that is
placed on the ballot and that may be voted on by all voters of the state. "Promoting or
defeating a ballot question" includes activities, other than lobbying activities, related to
qualifying the question for placement on the ballot.new text begin A ballot question does not include a
judicial retention election.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.01, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Candidate.

"Candidate" means an individual who seeks nomination
or election as a state constitutional officerdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin ornew text end legislator, or deleted text beginjudgedeleted text endnew text begin retention in a judicial
office
new text end. An individual is deemed to seek nomination or election if the individual has taken
the action necessary under the law of this state to qualify for nomination or election, has
received contributions or made expenditures in excess of $100, or has given implicit or
explicit consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures in
excess of $100, for the purpose of bringing about the individual's nomination or election.
A candidate remains a candidate until the candidate's principal campaign committee is
dissolved as provided in section 10A.24.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.01, subdivision 15, is amended to read:


Subd. 15.

Election.

"Election" means a primary, special primary, general, deleted text beginor
deleted text end specialnew text begin, or retentionnew text end election.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.14, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

First registration.

The treasurer of a political committee, political
fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit must register with the board by filing a
statement of organization deleted text beginno later thandeleted text endnew text begin within the earliest of:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end 14 days after the committee, fund, or party unit has made a contribution, received
contributions, or made expenditures in excess of $100deleted text begin, or bydeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2) 72 hours after the committee, fund, or party unit has made a contribution, received
contributions, or made expenditures in excess of $100, if the contribution or expenditure
was made to advocate the retention or defeat of a candidate for judicial office; or
new text end

new text begin (3)new text end the end of the next business day after it has received a loan or contribution that
must be reported under section 10A.20, subdivision 5deleted text begin, whichever is earlierdeleted text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.20, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Time for filing.

(a) The reports must be filed with the board on or before
January 31 of each year and additional reports must be filed as required and in accordance
with paragraphs (b) to deleted text begin(d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end.

(b) In each year in which the name of the candidate is on the ballot, the report of
the principal campaign committee must be filed 15 days before a primary and ten days
before a general election, seven days before a special primary and a special election,
and ten days after a special election cycle.

(c) In each general election year, a political committee or political fund must file
reports 28 and 15 days before a primary and 42 and ten days before a general election.
Beginning in 2012, reports required under this paragraph must also be filed 56 days before
a primary.

(d) In each general election year, a party unit must file reports 15 days before a
primary and ten days before a general election.

new text begin (e) In each general election year in which a political committee, political fund,
or party unit makes expenditures that, in the aggregate, exceed $100 to advocate the
retention or defeat of a candidate for judicial office, reports must be filed 42 days and ten
days before the retention election.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.06, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Judicialnew text begin retention new text end candidates; designation of deleted text begintermdeleted text endnew text begin officenew text end.

deleted text beginAn individual
deleted text endnew text begin A justice or judgenew text end who files as anew text begin retentionnew text end candidate for the office of chief justice or associate
justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals, or judge of the district court
shall state in the affidavit of candidacy the office of the particular justice or judge for
which the individual is anew text begin retentionnew text end candidate. The individual shall be anew text begin retentionnew text end candidate
only for the office identified in the affidavit. Each justice of the Supreme Court and each
Court of Appeals and district court judge is deemed to hold a separate nonpartisan office.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.11, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Judicial performance evaluation fee. new text end

new text begin At the time of filing an affidavit of
candidacy, in addition to the filing fee prescribed by subdivision 1, a candidate for justice
of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals, or judge of the district court shall
pay to the filing officer a judicial performance evaluation fee of $....... Fees received by the
filing officer must immediately be paid to the commissioner of management and budget,
who must deposit them in the state treasury and credit them to the judicial performance
evaluation fee account established by section 480B.05, subdivision 2.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.34, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Judicial elections.

When one or more justices of the Supreme Court or
judges of the Court of Appeals or of a district court deleted text beginare to be nominated at the same
primary or elected at the same general election
deleted text endnew text begin have filed for retention electionnew text end, the
notice of election shall state the name of each justice or judge deleted text beginwhose successor is to
be nominated or elected
deleted text endnew text begin seeking retentionnew text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 204B.36, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Judicialnew text begin retentionnew text end candidates.

deleted text beginThe official ballot shall contain the names
of all candidates for each judicial office and shall state the number of those candidates for
whom a voter may vote.
deleted text endnew text begin The official ballot shall contain the names of all justices or judges
seeking to retain their offices.
new text end Each seat for an associate justice, associate judge, or judge
of the district court must be numbered. The words "SUPREME COURT," "COURT OF
APPEALS," and "(number) DISTRICT COURT" must be printed above the respective
judicial office groups on the ballot. The title of each judicial office shall be printed on
the official primary and general election ballot as follows:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end In the case of the Supreme Court:

"Chief justice";

"Associate justice (number)";

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end In the case of the Court of Appeals:

"Judge (number)"; or

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end In the case of the district court:

"Judge (number)."

Sec. 10.

new text begin [204D.30] RETENTION OF JUDGES.
new text end

new text begin (a) Within the time period established by section 204B.09, a judge seeking to retain
judicial office shall file an affidavit of candidacy with the secretary of state. Judges
who have filed an affidavit of candidacy as provided in this section must be placed on
the appropriate official ballot at the next regular general election under a nonpartisan
designation in the form provided in section 204B.36, subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin (b) If a majority of those voting on a judicial retention question votes "No," then
upon the expiration of the term for which the judge was serving, a vacancy exists which
must be filled as provided by law. A judge who loses a retention election may not be
appointed to fill the resulting vacancy. If a majority of those voting on the question
votes "Yes," the judge shall be retained in office for a six-year term, beginning the first
Monday in January following the retention election and subject to removal as provided
by the Minnesota Constitution.
new text end

new text begin (c) A judge seeking to retain judicial office is considered a candidate for election to
that office. A judicial retention election is not a ballot question for the purposes of the
Minnesota Election Law.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 480B.01, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Judicial vacancies.

If a judge of thenew text begin Supreme Court, Court of
Appeals,
new text end district courtnew text begin,new text end or Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals dies, resigns, retires,
or is removed during the judge's term of office, or if a newnew text begin Supreme Court, Court of
Appeals,
new text end districtnew text begin,new text end or Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals judgeship is created, the
resulting vacancy must be filled by the governor as provided in this section.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 480B.01, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

new text beginMerit selection commission; new text endnotice to public.

Upon receiving notice
from the governor that a judicial vacancy has occurred or will occur on a specified date,
the chair shall provide notice of the following information:

(1) the office that is or will be vacant;

(2) that applications from qualified persons or on behalf of qualified persons are
being accepted by the new text beginmerit selection new text endcommission;

(3) that application forms may be obtained from the governor or the new text beginmerit selection
new text endcommission at a named address; and

(4) that application forms must be returned to the new text beginmerit selection new text endcommission by
a named date.

For a district court vacancy, the notice must be made available to attorney
associations in the judicial district where the vacancy has occurred or will occur and to at
least one newspaper of general circulation in each county in the district. For anew text begin Supreme
Court, Court of Appeals, or
new text end Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals vacancy, the notice
must be given to state attorney associations and all forms of the public media.

Sec. 13.

new text begin [480B.03] JUDICIAL RETENTION ELECTIONS.
new text end

new text begin Judicial retention elections must be conducted consistent with the procedures
established by law for the administration of state general elections. Judges standing for
retention must be placed on the ballot as provided in section 204D.30.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [490A.04] JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION COMMISSION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
is established and shall be an independent body not subject to the direct control of any
branch of government.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose of commission. new text end

new text begin After public hearings, the commission shall
adopt and administer for all judges a process for evaluating judicial performance.
The performance review process must be designed to assist voters in evaluating the
performance of judges standing for retention, facilitate self-improvement of all judges,
and promote public accountability of the judiciary.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Composition; appointment of commission members. new text end

new text begin (a)(1) The
commission is composed of 24 members. All members of the commission must be
residents of Minnesota at the time of their appointment and for the duration of their term.
new text end

new text begin (2) Sitting judges and public officials, as defined in section 10A.01, subdivision 35,
may not be appointed or serve on the commission. A person may not simultaneously serve
as either a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection established in section 480B.01
or the Board on Judicial Standards established in section 490A.01 while also serving as a
member of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission established in this section.
Members of the commission who are attorneys at the time of their appointment must have
been admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court for not less than five years.
new text end

new text begin (b) Members of the commission must be appointed and serve as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) the governor shall appoint a total of eight members, no more than three of whom
may be attorneys at the time of their appointment. Gubernatorial appointees serve on the
commission until the governor who made the appointment leaves office or for a four-year
term, whichever comes first;
new text end

new text begin (2) the Supreme Court shall appoint a total of eight members. The court shall
designate one of the appointees to serve as chair of the commission. No more than four
of the appointees may be attorneys at the time of the appointment. The Supreme Court's
appointees serve on the commission for a four-year term; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the legislature shall appoint a total of eight members, no more than four of whom
may be attorneys at the time of the appointment. Legislative appointments must be made
sequentially as follows: the speaker of the house shall appoint one member, the minority
leader of the house of representatives shall appoint one member, the senate majority leader
shall appoint one member, and the senate minority leader shall appoint one member. After
each appointing authority has made the appointments as provided in this clause, a second
round of appointments must be made in the same sequence. Legislative appointees serve
on the commission for a two-year term.
new text end

new text begin Members of the commission are eligible for reappointment up to two additional full
terms. Upon expiration of a member's term, the member shall continue to serve until a
successor is appointed and qualified. In the case of a vacancy on the commission, the
authority who appointed the member whose seat has become vacant shall appoint a person
to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.
new text end

new text begin (c) In making appointments, the governor, Supreme Court, and the legislature shall
include qualified members of minority groups as well as consider the importance of
balanced geographic representation, and appoint individuals of outstanding competence
and reputation. The governor, Supreme Court, and the legislature must consult with one
another to ensure the requirements of this paragraph are met.
new text end

new text begin (d) Members shall perform commission duties in an impartial and objective manner
and shall base their recommendations solely upon matters that are in the record developed
by the commission. A member who violates this paragraph may be removed from the
commission by majority vote of the commission's membership.
new text end

new text begin (e) A member may be removed by the appointing authority at any time for cause,
after notice and hearing, or after missing three consecutive meetings. After a member
misses two consecutive meetings and before the next meeting, the secretary of the
commission shall notify the member in writing that the member may be removed if the
member misses the next meeting. The chair of the commission shall inform the appointing
authority if a member misses three consecutive meetings.
new text end

new text begin (f) A commission member shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed
for expenses associated with the member's work on the commission.
new text end

new text begin (g) The commission shall appoint an executive secretary to provide administrative
assistance and coordinate the work of the commission. The Board on Judicial Standards
shall provide additional support as necessary to facilitate the commission's work, upon
request of the commission.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Meetings and data. new text end

new text begin Meetings of the Judicial Performance Evaluation
Commission must be open to the public, except that a meeting held to evaluate the
performance of a judge may be closed to discuss issues related to the judge's health or
allegations against the judge that may be defamatory. Data collected by the commission
must be made available to the public, except where otherwise provided in this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Standards and procedures. new text end

new text begin (a) The Judicial Performance Evaluation
Commission shall develop written standards, subject to approval of the Supreme Court
in its entirety, by which judicial performance is to be evaluated. The standards must
be periodically updated and must include knowledge of the law, procedure, integrity,
impartiality, temperament, respect for litigants, respect for the rule of law, administrative
skill, punctuality, and communication skills. The commission must not evaluate judicial
performance based on substantive legal issues or opinions that are subject to standard
appellate processes.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commission shall adopt procedures for collecting information and
conducting reviews and shall create and implement a program of periodic review of the
performance of each judge. The commission must request public comment on these
procedures before adoption.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Surveys. new text end

new text begin (a) Midway through a judge's term and again no fewer than nine
months before the date of a judge's retention election, the commission must distribute
anonymous survey forms eliciting performance evaluations of the judge to a representative
sampling of attorneys, litigants, other judges, and other persons who have been in direct
contact with the judge being evaluated and who have direct knowledge of the judge's
judicial performance during the evaluation period.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commission must employ or contract with qualified individuals to prepare
survey forms, process responses, and compile the statistical reports of the survey results in
a manner that ensures confidentiality and accuracy.
new text end

new text begin (c) Each survey conducted must seek evaluations in accordance with the written
performance standards adopted as provided in paragraph (a) and must solicit narrative
comments regarding the judge's performance. Narrative comments contained in a survey
response, and data on an individual who completes or responds to a survey form must not
be made available to the public.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Midterm evaluation. new text end

new text begin The commission shall evaluate each judge halfway
through the judge's term, as nearly as practicable, to provide feedback to the judge about
the judge's performance and to give the judge an opportunity for improvement. The
commission shall adopt procedures for conducting the midterm evaluation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Retention-year evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) In each year in which a judge has the
opportunity to file as a candidate for retention, the Judicial Performance Evaluation
Commission must conduct an evaluation of the judge and determine whether the judge
meets or does not meet judicial performance standards. Upon completion of the evaluation,
the commission must rate the judge "well-qualified," "qualified," or "unqualified" for office.
A rating of "unqualified" does not prohibit a judge from seeking retention by the voters.
new text end

new text begin (b) The evaluation of a judge must include a public hearing and an opportunity
for submission of written public comments on the performance of a judge standing for
retention. Before accepting public comment and conducting a hearing, the commission
must notify each judge to be evaluated of the process for conducting the evaluation and
the judge's right to submit written comments and appear in person at the hearing. The
hearing and evaluation may be conducted by a panel of commission members, as provided
in subdivision 9.
new text end

new text begin (c) A judge who does not intend to seek retention may waive the evaluation process
by providing written notice to the commission affirming the judge's intention to not file as
a retention candidate for the judge's current office. If a judge waives the evaluation under
this paragraph, the judge is not eligible to file an affidavit of candidacy for the office and is
not eligible to be appointed to fill the resulting vacancy.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Evaluation panels; review by full commission. new text end

new text begin (a) The evaluation of a
judge may be conducted by an evaluation panel. An evaluation panel is composed of five
members, including at least one member appointed by each branch of government, but
otherwise chosen randomly. A panel must report its results to the full commission. The full
commission shall review a panel's evaluation if the panel rates a judge unqualified, or if one
panelist or three members of the commission request a review within 15 days after the panel
makes its report. The commission may overturn a panel's rating. If a panel's report and
rating is not reviewed, the panel's determination is final. Decisions of an evaluation panel
or the full commission regarding a judge's performance are not subject to judicial review.
new text end

new text begin (b) If an evaluation is reviewed by the full commission, the commission shall
provide written notice to the affected judge. The judge has the right to submit written
comments to the commission and to appear before and be heard by the commission prior
to a final vote of the commission members regarding the judge's performance.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Publication of evaluation results. new text end

new text begin Following the evaluation of a judge,
the commission shall compile a factual report on the judicial performance of the judge,
including the final rating assigned to the judge's performance. The report must be made
available to the public at least one month before the time period established in section
204B.09 for filing an affidavit of candidacy with the secretary of state.
new text end

Sec. 15. new text beginJUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION COMMISSION; FIRST
MEETING; TRANSITION.
new text end

new text begin (a) Initial appointments must be made to the Judicial Performance Evaluation
Commission on July 1, 2015.
new text end

new text begin (b) Initial appointees shall serve for a term ending January 15, 2017, and may be
considered for reappointment as provided in this article at that time. The chair of the
commission must convene the first full meeting of the commission no later than August
1, 2015, and appoint a secretary for the commission at that first meeting. The Board on
Judicial Standards shall provide administrative and other support as required to assist in
convening the meeting.
new text end

Sec. 16. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 204B.36, subdivision 5; and 204D.14, subdivision
3,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

Sec. 17. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin If the constitutional amendment in article 1 is adopted, this article is effective July
1, 2015, except that the governor, legislature, and Supreme Court may immediately
undertake any procedure necessary to consider and select potential appointees to the
Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.
new text end