Yesterday, Governor Hogan issued his Executive Order which creates the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission and the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission (by rescinding the 2008 Judicial Nominating Commissions Executive Order issued by Governor O’Malley). I have not yet had a chance to compare Governor Hogan’s Executive Order to those of his 2 most recent predecessors. However, one feature of this Order that I noticed immediately is that it follows the simple, direct style of the O’Malley Order. The Ehrlich Judicial Nominating Commissions Order is definitely the most complicated (unnecessarily, in my view) Executive Order I have ever seen. I have included links to the Hogan, O’Malley and Ehrlich Orders below.
Hogan Executive Order on Judicial Nominating Commissions
O’Malley Executive Order on Judicial Nominating Commissions
Ehrlich Executive Order on Judicial Nominating Commissions (See Page 23 of EO Compilation)