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Judicial Selection in the States: Massachusetts

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Over the last several years bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island House to mandate more diversity in the state s courts (see here...

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The West Virginia Senate approved two big changes to the state s judiciary yesterday Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment SJR 3 as approved addresses funding for...

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Over the last several years bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island House to mandate more diversity in the state s courts (see here...

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Courtesy of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of...

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The Massachusetts judiciary is composed of the supreme judicial court, the appeals court, and the trial court. Seven departments make up the trial court: the superior court, the district court, the Boston Municipal Court, the juvenile court, the housing court, the land court, and the probate and family court. Since 1780, Massachusetts judges have been appointed for life by the governor with the consent of the governor's council. Since 1975, Massachusetts governors have created nominating commissions by executive order to advise them in making judicial appointments.