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Judicial Selection in the States: Maine

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A constitutional amendment discussed here and here to give Delaware s governor and senate more time to consider judicial nominations cleared its final hurdle. With...

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A plan discussed here to create publicly funded public forums to hear from candidates for Montana s non-partisan Supreme Court races is dead for the...

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A constitutional amendment discussed here to give Delaware s governor and senate more time to consider judicial nominations cleared the Senate last week. With House...

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The Maine judiciary consists of a supreme judicial court, a superior court, a district court, and a probate court. The district and probate courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Maine's judicial selection process is similar to the process for selecting federal judges--judges are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the senate, but they serve seven-year terms rather than serving for life.