PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Bar Association has criticized Governor Chafee failing to fill four judicial vacancies.
The Providence Journal reports the association sent a letter to the governor saying it's inexcusable that positions have remained vacant since 2010, despite a law that says they must be filled within 21 days.
Michael McElroy, the association's president, says the shortage of judges has impeded access to justice, especially in Family Court, where it can take up to 70 weeks to resolve an uncontested divorce.
The letter is the second sent by the association in the past two years.
Claire Richards, Chafee's chief legal counsel, says the governor sees the 21-day requirement as a suggestion and not a mandate.
Chafee's spokesman Christian Vareika says the governor has taken the letters under advisement.