After I lost in the primary, three new circuit court openings came up, so I applied. A prospective judge submits an application to the city's Judicial Nominating Commission, a group of 10 attorneys and three non-lawyers, all political appointees, who don't actually have to live in Baltimore. Prior to a final interview with the commission, an applicant can meet with 13 bar associations comprised entirely of attorneys, many of whom don't live in Baltimore or regularly work in our city's circuit court. The associations report their "findings" to the commission. Finally, the commission submits recommendations to the governor. The evaluation processes are unclear and private.