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Judicial Selection in the States

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A plan to bring back partisan races for North Carolina s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cleared the House Elections Committee yesterday. HB 8...

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Judges of the Delaware Supreme and Chancery Courts are currently allowed to reside from any of the three counties that make up the state (Kent,...

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I mentioned back in February the unique dichotomy between North Carolina and West Virginia s legislatures in terms of judicial elections. Every effort West Virginia...

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In recent years, proposals have been introduced by legislators, governors, courts, and citizens' groups in nearly every state to limit the role of politics in the selection of state judges.

The extent of these activities underscores the recognition that an independent judiciary is essential to the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the court system.

The American Judicature Society, through funding from the Open Society Institute, has contributed to these efforts by compiling comprehensive information on judicial selection processes in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Topics covered include methods of selecting, retaining, and removing of judges; successful and unsuccessful reform efforts; the roles of parties, interest groups, and professional organizations in selecting judges; and the diversity of the bench.

  • To view state-specific information, select a state from the drop-down menu in the upper right or from the map below.
  • To view practices among states, select a topic on the left.