the Maryland Constitution, the Governor fills a new judgeship
or other vacancy in judicial office with an individual having
certain basic qualifications. Although the Constitution
sets forth these basic qualifications, it provides the Governor
with limited guidance in making judicial appointments.
In 1970, Governor Marvin Mandel issued an Executive Order creating
the Judicial Nominating Commissions to assist in the judicial
selection process. Since that time, every governor has
issued a similar Executive Order. The primary responsibility
of the Judicial Nominating Commissions has been to screen candidates
for judicial office. This screening process allows the
Governor to appoint the most highly qualified candidates.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format.
- Governor's Executive Order Ensures that a cross section of the public is represented on the nominating commissions and that the public is given an opportunity to comment on judicial candidates.
- Court of Appeals Administrative Order Establishes the rules of procedure for the nominating commissions.