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Statewide public hearing to focus on judicial candidates

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- A statewide public hearing will be held Thursday to help the Alaska Judicial Council evaluate judges whose names are headed for the November ballot.

Legislative information offices throughout the state will host the hearing via the Legislative Teleconference Network System. The hearing begins at 5 p.m., with testimony from peninsula participants scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m.

''We're interested in hearing from people,'' said Bill Cotton, executive director of the council. ''We'll be asking them to limit their comments to three to four minutes unless we have extra time.''

This is just one step of the council's effort to gather feedback from a wide variety of sources including jurors, court employees, social workers, law enforcement personnel, attorneys and the public.

The hearing will be chaired by Cotton. Council members will be present via the statewide teleconference network. Also participating is council chairman Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Matthews of Anchorage.

Information gathered by the council will be available to the public sometime after June 16.

A summary of the information also will go into a voter pamphlet distributed prior to the election.



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