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Judicial Selection in the States: Wyoming

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Efforts to amend or end Missouri s merit/commission system of judicial selection appear to be ramping up in 2018. On the legislative side: HJR 47...

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Oklahoma s appellate courts use a retention system where voters are given the name of the judge and asked (per the state s constitution): “Shall...

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Since at least 2015 North Carolina s legislature has taken a particular interest in redrawing the maps for the state s judicial districts (see here)....

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Courtesy of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of...

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The Wyoming judiciary is composed of a supreme court, a district court, a circuit court, and a municipal court. The supreme court is the state's appellate court, and the district court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. Judges of the supreme, district, and circuit courts are chosen through a merit selection process, where the governor appoints a judge from a list of three names submitted by the judicial nominating commission. After at least one year in office, the judge stands for retention. If retained, supreme court justices serve eight-year terms, district court judges serve six-year terms, and circuit court judges serve four-year terms. Since Wyoming adopted merit selection of judges in 1972, five judges have been rejected by voters, including a supreme court justice whose 1992 bid for retention failed.