News and Record features Scott Gaylord in article exploring how voters can make informed decisions in judicial elections
Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord provides insights into criteria voters can use when choosing judges in a Greensboro News and Record article published September 19.
The New and Record article reports on the difficulty that North Carolina voters face in selecting candidates in judicial elections and reviews candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals. The article notes the impact that those two courts and the judges that preside over them have on society.
“Errors on the bench can send the innocent to jail or see people stripped of property,” the article states. “The stakes are even higher on appellate benches, which are responsible for righting wrongs and setting precedents across the state.”
Among criteria voters might consider in selecting judges, Gaylord notes the level of experience and educational background of candidates. He also points out that the type of law practice experience of a candidate may be important to voters.
“It may matter to some people whether a candidate was a plaintiff’s attorney or personal injury attorney versus a prosecutor or involved in some other area of the law,” Gaylord said.
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