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Judicial Tenure Commission Begins Reviews of Judges Eric T. Washington, Jeanette Clark, Lee F. Satterfield, Michael W. Farrell and Linda D. Turner

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This is to notify members of the bar and the general public that the Commission is reviewing the qualifications of Judge Eric T. Washington, of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and reviewing the qualifications of Judges Jeanette Clark and Lee F. Satterfield of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The three Judges are retiring and each has requested a recommendation for an initial appointment as a Senior Judge.

In addition, the Commission is reviewing the qualifications of Judge Michael W. Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and reviewing the qualifications of Judge Linda D. Turner of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, who have requested recommendations for reappointment as Senior Judges.

The District of Columbia Retired Judge Service Act P.L. 98-598, 98 Stat. 3142, as amended by the District of Columbia Judicial Efficiency and Improvement Act, P.L. 99-573, 100 Stat. 3233, §13(1) provides in part as follows:

"…A retired judge willing to perform judicial duties may request a recommendation as a senior judge from the Commission.  Such judge shall submit to the Commission such information as the Commission considers necessary to a recommendation under this subsection.

(2) The Commission shall submit a written report of its recommendations and findings to the appropriate chief judge of the judge requesting appointment within 180 days of the date of the request for recommendation. The Commission, under such criteria as it considers appropriate, shall make a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the appropriate chief judge regarding an appointment as senior judge. The recommendation of the Commission shall be final.

(3) The appropriate chief judge shall notify the Commission and the judge requesting appointment of such chief judge’s decision regarding appointment within 30 days after receipt of the Commission’s recommendation and findings.  The decision of such chief judge regarding such appointment shall be final." 

The Commission hereby requests members of the bar, the bench, litigants, former jurors, interested organizations, and members of the public to submit any information bearing on the qualifications of Judges Washington, Clark, Satterfield, Farrell and Turner. The identity of any person submitting comments will be kept confidential, unless the commenter authorizes the disclosure of his or her name.

All communications should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed by January 27, 2017, and addressed to:

District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure
Building A, Room 246
515 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
Telephone: (202) 727-1363
Fax: (202) 727-9718
Email: [email protected]

In addition, comments may be submitted by an online survey available on the Commission’s website.

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