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Courtfacts.org Provides Voters Info About Judges on Nov. 6 Ballot

October 25, 2018

Voters wanting to know more about the 12 judges on the statewide judicial retention ballot can find background information for all the judges on one website, www.courtfacts.org. Created by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the website offers biographies and photos of the judges, plus an explanation of how the merit retention system works.

OBA President Kimberly Hays of Tulsa said, “Our intent is to provide voters accurate, nonbiased information about the appellate judges so on election day Oklahomans can decide if they should be retained in office. We created this website as a community service to ensure a strong legal system.”

On the statewide ballot are Supreme Court Justices James Edmondson, Noma Gurich, Yvonne Kauger and Patrick Wyrick, Court of Criminal Appeals Judges Dana Kuehn, David Lewis and Scott Rowland, and Court of Civil Appeals Judges Robert Bell, Kenneth Buettner, Brian Goree, E. Bay Mitchell and Barbara Swinton.

The website also provides links to court opinions authored by those on the ballot and information about Oklahoma’s judicial selection process for appellate justices and judges utilizing a nonpartisan 15-member Judicial Nominating Commission and an overview of the state’s court system.

The OBA does not endorse any candidate and provides this information as a public service.

The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.

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