Judicial Selection

Judges in the United States are selected through a variety of methods, from popular elections to appointment by chief executives, legislatures, or other judges. Some of these methods are more effective than others in assuring public confidence in the integrity and quality of our courts.

Through empirical analysis and recommendations, thought leadership, and substantive support, the Quality Judges Initiative works to identify and promote models for choosing state and federal judges that emphasize qualifications and experience, limit political considerations and special interest influence, and provide transparency.

We support state efforts to promote and preserve fair, high quality, and trusted judges and courts, including the use of nominating commissions.
There are opportunities for the federal selection process to improve by using screening committees to help vet nominees.

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