RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina House leader predicts redrawn election districts for trial court judges can be finalized with Senate Republicans by the end of January. But he’s unsure what his colleagues think about a Senate proposal eliminating head-to-head judicial elections.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger appointed Thursday members of a special bipartisan joint committee tasked with recommending judicial changes to the General Assembly.

A separate Senate panel formally recommended Wednesday the House-Senate committee idea. Likely topics include judicial redistricting and a Senate proposal to replace traditional judicial elections with up-or-down retention elections for gubernatorial appointees vetted by a commission and legislators.

House Republicans already approved new judicial election maps in October. Moore says changes must be made soon because many judicial elections are set for this year.