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History of Reform Efforts: Alabama

Formal Changes Since Inception

1819
Judges of all levels of courts elected for life by both houses of the general assembly.

1830
Tenure for judges of all levels of courts changed from "good behavior" to six-year terms.

1850
Circuit court judges elected by the people.

1867
Judges of all levels of courts elected by the people.

2009
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.