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History of Reform Efforts: Delaware

Altering Selection Methods

According to the Delaware Constitution, judges are appointed by the governor with senate consent to twelve-year terms. Since 1977, Delaware governors have established a judicial nominating commission by executive order. Changing from an appointive to an elective system, or establishing a permanent merit selection process, would require a constitutional amendment. Proposed amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote of each house in two successive legislative sessions.