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State of Wyoming

Methods of Judicial Selection: Wyoming

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 5
District Court: 22
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
District Court: 9
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
District Court: district
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Length of Term
Supreme Court: at least one year
District Court: at least 1 yr
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: retention election
District Court: retention election
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 8 yrs
District Court: 6 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: next general election 1 yr after appointment; if retained, serve remainder of unexpired term
District Court: next general election 1 yr after appointment; if retained, serve remainder of unexpired term
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: peer vote
District Court: --
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 4 yrs
District Court: --
Qualifications
Supreme Court: U.S. citizen; state resident 3 yrs; 9 yrs legal experience; minimum age of 30; mandatory retirement at 70
District Court: U.S. citizen; state resident 2 yrs; minimum age of 28; mandatory retirement at 70
Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article 5 of the Wyoming Constitution.