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Judicial Selection in the States

Big Donors, Little Scrutiny
Wisconsin :: September 25, 2013 :: Express Milwaukee

Last week, the nonpartisan watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign announced that it had identified 14 donors who had made campaign contributions over the legal $10,000...

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NY Third Judicial District race has three candidates for Supreme Court seat
New York :: September 25, 2013 :: Daily Freeman

Three people have been nominated to run for one state Supreme Court judgeship in New York s seven-county Third Judicial District. Rensselaer County District Attorney...

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Debate swells over Lake judicial selection
Indiana :: September 24, 2013 :: NWITimes.com

CROWN POINT | A St. John lawyer is challenging how Lake County picks its judges just as Gov. Mike Pence contemplates who he will name...

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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.

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