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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

Quality Judges Initiative, Recommended Models, By IAALS, State

The O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan June 2014
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IAALS and United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) have identified a model for choosing, evaluating, and retaining judges that balances the need for fair and impartial courts with the need for public accountability and transparency.

Click here to read a message from Justice O’Connor. 

The O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan consists of four elements:

  1. Judicial Nominating Commission
    How It Works | States with Nominating Commissions
  2. Gubernatorial Appointment
    How It Works | States with Gubernatorial Appointment
  3. Judicial Performance Evaluation
    How It Works | States with Performance Evaluation
  4. Retention Election
    How It Works | States with Retention Elections

Click here to download the full O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan.

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