COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES (JNE) EVALUATION RELEASES DATA ON ETHNICITY AND GENDER OF JUDICIAL APPLICANTS

MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2283   diane.curtis@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, March 02, 2009 — The Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) has released demographic data on ethnicity and gender of judicial applicants recommended by the governor for evaluation by JNE.

Since 2007, JNE, the governor’s office and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) have been required to provide an annual report on demographic data relative to the ethnicity and gender of judicial applicants and judges.

The Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, established by Government Code Section 12011.5, is the State Bar agency that evaluates all candidates who are under consideration for a judicial appointment by the Governor.

JNE is made up of attorneys and public members who represent a broad cross-section of California's legal profession and general population.

A link to the JNE report can be found on the home page of the State Bar’s Web site, www.calbar.ca.gov (Go to “Reports”) or see below.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By March 2009, membership reached more than 221,800.

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