Hearing on PR22-425, JNC Marie Johns Appointment


Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee of Whole on PR 22-425, the “District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission Marie Johns Appointment Resolution of 2017.” The hearing will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The stated purpose of PR 22-425 is to appoint Ms. Johns as a nonlawyer member to the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (“Commission”) for a 6-year term. The mission of the Commission is to screen, select and recommend to the President of the United States candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The Commission is also tasked with designating the chief judges of both of the Courts. The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony from public witnesses as to the fitness of this nominee for the Commission.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or call Peter Johnson, Special Counsel at (202) 724-8083, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, September 14, 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on September 14, 2017 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. Copies of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017.