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Nomination and Appointment of JNC Members

Pursuant to DC Code § 1-204.34(b)(1), no person may be appointed to the Commission unless the person—

(1)  (A)  is a citizen of the United States;

(B)  is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia and has maintained an actual place of abode in the District of Columbia for at least 90 days immediately prior to appointment; and

(C)  is not a member, officer, or employee of the legislative branch or of an executive or military department or agency of the United States (listed in sections 101 and 102 of Title 5 of the United States Code); and (except with respect to the person appointed or designated according to paragraph (4)(E)) is not an officer or employee of the judicial branch of the United States, or an officer or employee of the District government (including its judicial branch).

(2) Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. Any person so appointed to fill a vacancy occurring, other than upon the expiration of a prior term, shall serve only for the remainder of the unexpired term of such person’s predecessor.

(3) It shall be the function of the Commission to submit nominees for appointment to positions as judges of the District of Columbia courts in accordance with § 1-204.33.

(4) In addition to all other qualifications listed in this section, lawyer members of the Commission shall have the same qualifications prescribed for persons appointed as judges for the District of Columbia courts.  Members of the Commission shall be appointed as follows:

(A) One member shall be appointed by the President of the United States.

(B)  Two members shall be appointed by the Board of Governors of the unified District of Columbia Bar, both of whom shall have been engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia for at least five successive years preceding their appointment.

(C)  Two members shall be appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a lawyer.

(D) One member shall be appointed by the Council, and shall not be a lawyer.

(E)  One member shall be appointed by the chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and such member shall be an active or retired Federal judge serving in the District.