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State of Alabama

History of Reform Efforts: Alabama

Formal Changes Since Inception

Judges of all levels of courts elected for life by both houses of the general assembly.

Tenure for judges of all levels of courts changed from "good behavior" to six-year terms.

Circuit court judges elected by the people.

Judges of all levels of courts elected by the people.

SB 28 requires judges of the supreme court, court of civil appeals, and court of criminal appeals to have been licensed to practice law at least ten years, circuit court judges to have been licensed for at least five years, and district court judges for at least three years.