The State Bar Association wants Gov. Chris Christie to move more swiftly on renomination of tenure-eligible judges for the Workers’ Compensation Court.

More than a dozen of the division’s 41 judges are eligible for tenure but are working in limbo while awaiting a decision on their renomination, State Bar Association President Thomas Prol said in a March 22 letter to the governor. Some workers’ compensation judges have waited several years for a decision on tenure, and the slow pace of decision-making hurts morale and makes it harder to attract qualified new judges, Prol’s letter said. In addition, the slow action on tenure compromises the court’s judicial independence.

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