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State of Maryland

Methods of Judicial Selection: Maryland

Judicial Nominating Commissions

In 2007, Governor O'Malley issued an executive order creating an appellate courts judicial nominating commission and sixteen regional trial courts judicial nominating commissions.  A summary of the appointment and retention of all levels of judges can be found at the Maryland State Board of Election's website.  The commissions are charged with nominating individuals who are "legally and most fully professionally qualified" for judicial vacancies. Commission members are appointed by the governor and by the state bar. For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $24,636 (2006)
  • $18,851 (2005)
  • $24,866 (2004)