By Associated Press • 

Public hearings show inside state's judicial fitness system

PORTLAND — As public disciplinary hearings for an Oregon judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages begin, the public is able to get a rare glimpse of the state's judicial disciplinary system.

The Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability heard evidence Friday in the case of Oregon Judge Vance Day, who is accused of committing several ethics violation.

The Oregonian reports that the commission receives more than 100 complaints each year, but most do not make it to a wider audience because they are not selected for prosecution. Even fewer reach a public hearing.

The judicial fitness panel has only disciplined 21 judges in the past 50 years. Many judges brought before the panel are formally charged but resign before the process ends.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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