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Judicial Selection in the States: Vermont

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The Montana House State Administration Committee yesterday approved a bill to require judges recuse from cases due to campaign contributions. Under HB 157 as approved...

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A plan to require Wyoming judicial nominating commission members to be subject to senate confirmation appears to have died. Wyoming s top courts use a...

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This is proving to be an unprecedented year in terms of the number of efforts to either switch from partisan to nonpartisan judicial elections or...

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

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The Vermont judiciary is composed of the supreme court; the trial courts, including the superior court which hears predominantly civil cases, the district court which hears primarily criminal cases, and the family court; and courts of special jurisdiction, including the probate court, the environmental court, and the judicial bureau. Vermont judges are appointed by the governor from a list of candidates submitted by the judicial nominating board. Judges serve six-year terms and must then be retained by a majority vote of the general assembly.