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State of Georgia

Methods of Judicial Selection: Georgia

Judicial Nominating Commissions

In 1972, Governor Carter became the first Georgia governor to establish a judicial nominating commission by executive order. Subsequent governors have followed Carter's example. Under the current executive order, the judicial nominating commission recommends candidates to fill vacancies on the supreme court, court of appeals, superior court, and state court. The commission consists of eighteen members who are appointed by the governor and who serve at his pleasure. Appointments to the commission are "made with a view toward equitable geographic representation and . . reflect the diversity of the State's citizenry." The commission recommends five candidates to the governor for each judicial vacancy, unless fewer than five applicants are found to be qualified. There is no requirement that the governor appoint a candidate from the nominating commission's list. For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $5000 (2007)
    Costs are generally determined by the number of vacancies and where they occur.