Judicial Selection in the States
October 19, 2015
For the 3rd time in 4 years Pennsylvania s House Judiciary Committee has set a vote this week on a plan to change the way...
October 9, 2015
I noted a few weeks ago plans being developed by Georgia s governor to expand the state s Supreme Court from 7 to 9 members....
October 1, 2015
With North Carolina moving its Court of Appeals races from nonpartisan back to partisan, I thought I d take a moment to examine what other...
In recent years, proposals have been introduced by legislators, governors, courts, and citizens' groups in nearly every state to limit the role of politics in the selection of state judges.
The extent of these activities underscores the recognition that an independent judiciary is essential to the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the court system.
The American Judicature Society, through funding from the Open Society Institute, has contributed to these efforts by compiling comprehensive information on judicial selection processes in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Topics covered include methods of selecting, retaining, and removing of judges; successful and unsuccessful reform efforts; the roles of parties, interest groups, and professional organizations in selecting judges; and the diversity of the bench.
- To view state-specific information, select a state from the drop-down menu in the upper right or from the map below.
- To view practices among states, select a topic on the left.