- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Senate’s top leader says he wants a “thoughtful dialogue” from many perspectives in the coming months about potentially dramatic changes to the state judiciary.

Republican Sen. Phil Berger on Tuesday announced the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting.

Berger says the panel of 10 Republican senators and five Democrats will consider carefully proposed redrawn judicial election districts the House approved this month.

The committee also plans to discuss whether to scrap current head-to-head elections for judgeships and replace them with a “merit selection” system that could combine appointing judges with retention elections. In a release, Berger also didn’t rule out keeping the current model but potentially changing the frequency and types of elections.

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