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About JNC

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) is composed of seven members—two appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, two by the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar (Unified), one by the Council of the District of Columbia, one by the President of the United States, and one judicial member appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Each member is appointed for a six-year term, except the member appointed by the President, who is appointed for a five-year term.

Kim M. Whatley was named Executive Director of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission on January 19, 2010.

Mission

The JNC solicits, screens, and recommends a panel of three candidates to the President of the United States for each judicial vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. From the panel of names recommended by the JNC, the President nominates a person for each vacancy and submits the name of the nominee to the United States Senate for confirmation. The JNC also appoints the Chief Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Vision

The JNC will continue to provide the citizens of the District of Columbia with the best possible court system by soliciting, screening, and recommending the names of the best qualified lawyers to the President of the United States for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill each judicial vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.