As pointed out in the report, the duties vary with regard to superior court vacancies and appointments and supreme court vacancies and appointments. It has been the policy of the committee to obtain from the local bar a selection preference by secret ballot with respect to vacancies occurring in the superior court. The state committee, in view of the obvious inability to know the local citizens, acts only as a screening committee and submits subject to special screening the results of the opinions of the local bar. In some cases the selection is made by names and they are submitted alphabetically, and sometimes it reaches the Governor's office with a number of sheets; but, in any event, the preparation of lists with regard to the superior court originates and should originate in the local bar where the appointment is to be made.
Philip D. Macbride,
State Bar Journal,
Report of Committee on Selection of Judges,
26 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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