- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A circuit judge in Faulkner County is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to decide whether judges should be ineligible for office if their licenses are temporarily suspended for not paying annual dues.

Circuit Judge H.G. Foster made the request Monday amid several lawsuits challenging judges’ eligibility ahead of the May 20 election. Foster’s license has been suspended for a total of 216 days since 2009 for nonpayment of dues.

State law says circuit judges must be licensed attorneys for at least six years in the immediate period before taking office.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1svXCPQ ) that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office responded to the petition Monday afternoon, saying the high court should find that suspensions do not bar a candidate from seeking a judicial seat.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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