The News and Record in Greensboro is reporting on a problem with a vacancy in the 18th Judicial District. While you weren't noticing, the NC legislature changed the procedure for filling these vacancies.
Provisions inserted into a bill passed last year dictate that when a judicial vacancy opens in District Court, the local bar nominates five people.
However, the governor can choose anybody.
In the past, the governor had to choose from one of three nominees submitted by the local bar.
Under the old system, the governor also had 60 days to appoint someone. If the governor didn’t make the appointment within that time, the person with the most votes out of those selected by the bar association would be installed.
The new provisions provide no deadline for the governor to make a decision.
Last month, the local bar association submitted five candidates for the vacancy, but McCrory has not responded.