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State of Wyoming

Methods of Judicial Selection: Wyoming

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

Circuit Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor criminal cases; civil cases < $7,000; family violence cases; bail and preliminary hearings
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Retention of Judges: retention election
Qualifications: admitted to the state bar; qualified elector of the state
Municipal Court
Jurisdiction: municipal ordinance violations
Selection of Judges: appointed by mayor with consent of municipal council
Retention of Judges: varies by municipality
Qualifications: law degree not required