Law & Principles, Good Government, Judicial Reform

Lawmakers seek sunlight for Oklahoma judicial processes

The operations of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission have long drawn criticism for excessive secrecy and lack of public transparency. Two bills that have cleared a Senate committee seek to address that problem.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Law & Principles, Judicial Reform

Mandatory bar membership raises free-speech concerns

For decades, Oklahoma attorneys have not been allowed to practice law unless they join the Oklahoma Bar Association. Due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding free speech and the right of association, a Senate committee has voted to end that mandate.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Judicial Reform

Critics denounce secrecy of Oklahoma judicial nominating process

Following a judicial bribery scandal in the 1960s, Oklahoma adopted a “Missouri plan” system in which an outside commission selects judicial nominees and the governor is barred from considering any other applicants.

Ray Carter
December 26, 2019
Judicial Reform

Conflict-of-interest concerns arise in judicial nomination

A member of the Judicial Nominating Commission was a financial contributor to the political campaign of a judge who applied with the JNC to fill a vacant Oklahoma Supreme Court seat, records show.

Ray Carter
August 2, 2019
Judicial Reform

Oklahoma added to ‘judicial hellhole’ top-10 list

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) has announced it now ranks Oklahoma among the nation’s 10 worst “judicial hellholes,” a jarring reversal after several years of progress.

Ray Carter
July 29, 2019
Judicial Reform

Gov. Stitt signs judicial reform bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Thursday that modernizes the district lines used to select Oklahoma Supreme Court nominees so district populations are roughly equal.

Ray Carter
April 26, 2019
Judicial Reform

Judicial redistricting headed to governor

Oklahoma lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Kevin Stitt's desk that would redraw judicial district lines.

Ray Carter
April 17, 2019