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State of Wyoming

History of Reform Efforts: Wyoming

Formal Changes Since Inception

1890
Supreme court justices elected by the people to eight-year terms. District court judges elected by the people to six-year terms.

1972
Voters approved a constitutional amendment creating the judicial supervisory commission (now known as commission on judicial conduct and ethics) and the judicial nominating commission. Judges of the supreme court and district court would now be appointed by the governor from a list of candidates submitted by the judicial nominating commission. Judges would run in a retention election after at least one year in office, with supreme court justices subsequently serving eight-year terms and district court judges serving six-year terms. The amendment also established a mandatory retirement age of 70.

1976
Voters ratified a revision to the selection and retention process that eliminated the requirement for prior approval by the judicial nominating commission before a judge could stand for retention.

1977
Merit selection extended to county court judges.

2000
County court renamed circuit court. Circuit court's geographic boundaries same as those of district court.