Panel accepting applications for Arizona Supreme Court slots

Posted at 5:01 AM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 08:01:58-04

A state commission is accepting applications for two new positions on the Arizona Supreme Court.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, conduct interviews and recommend at least three nominees for each position to Gov. Doug Ducey to make the appointments.

Ducey on May 18 signed into law legislation to add two justices to the five-member court.

The legislation's sponsor, Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler, said the main reason for adding justices was to bring greater diversity to the court's membership and to split power among more members.

A critic, Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson, said the expansion wasn't needed and was motivated by political reasons.

Ducey earlier this year appointed a longtime attorney for the conservative-leaning Goldwater Institute, Clint Bolick, to the high court.