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Judicial Selection in the States: Wyoming

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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 Wyoming judiciary is composed of a supreme court, a district court, a circuit court, and a municipal court. The supreme court is the state's appellate court, and the district court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. Judges of the supreme, district, and circuit courts are chosen through a merit selection process, where the governor appoints a judge from a list of three names submitted by the judicial nominating commission. After at least one year in office, the judge stands for retention. If retained, supreme court justices serve eight-year terms, district court judges serve six-year terms, and circuit court judges serve four-year terms. Since Wyoming adopted merit selection of judges in 1972, five judges have been rejected by voters, including a supreme court justice whose 1992 bid for retention failed.