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Tenure Commission Begins Performance and Fitness Evaluations of Retiring Judge Michael L. Rankin, and Senior Judges John M. Ferren and John H. Bayly Jr.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Any person wishing to submit information on the qualifications of Judges Rankin, Ferren, and Bayly should file such data no later than April 30, 2019

is to notify members of the bar and the general public that the Commission is reviewing the qualifications of Judge Michael L. Rankin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia who is retiring and has requested a recommendation for an initial appointment as a Senior Judge. In addition, the Commission is reviewing the qualifications of Judge John M. Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Judge John H. Bayly, Jr. 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, litigants, former jurors, interested organizations, and members of the public to submit any information bearing on the qualifications of Judges Rankin, Ferren, and Bayly which it is believed will aid the Commission. The cooperation of the community at an early stage will greatly aid the Commission in fulfilling its responsibilities. The identity of any person submitting materials will be kept confidential unless expressly authorized by the person submitting the information.

All communications should be mailed, faxed, or emailed by April 30, 2019, and addressed to:

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

In addition, comments may be submitted online: