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Finish the Ballot -- The Judicial Candidates

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

Election Day is less than a week away.  Whether you are about sit down at the dinner table with your ballot, or are planning to vote in person on November 8, make sure to finish your ballot.  Don't waste your opportunity to weigh in and vote on Arizona's judicial retention election questions.

What is judicial election retention?  

Trial court judges in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties, along with Judges on the Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court are appointed through a Constitutional Merit Selection Process.  Applicants are first interviewed by a judicial selection commission comprised of lawyers and non-lawyers. Qualified candidates - of all political persuasions - are sent on to the Governor for the final interview and selection.  

Once appointed, these judges are subject to retention elections every few years.  A majority "no" vote means that the judge is out.  

A panel of lawyers and non-lawyers - called the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review - evaluates every judge up for retention.  The commissioners analyze feedback from litigants, parties, and witness who appear in front of the judges, and they have sit down meetings with each judge.  Based on that information, the Commission puts out a report as to whether each judge "Meets" or "Does Not Meet" the standards for being a judge in Arizona.  You can read the summary report here and use it as a guide for your ballot.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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