Selecting State Judges

Changes to existing processes for choosing, retaining, and evaluating judges are on the legislative agenda in states around the country. Lawmakers and fair courts advocates in a handful of states are working to replace politicized judicial selection systems with processes that better ensure judicial impartiality and accountability and public confidence in the courts. At the same time, in other states, lawmakers and special interests want to alter or abolish processes that achieve these goals.

With legal and empirical analysis and research-based recommendations, the Quality Judges Initiative supports state efforts to promote and preserve fair, high quality, and trusted courts.

It is no surprise that there is much confusion around how judges get to be judges in the United States. No two states use the same method to select...
This publication couples the desired attributes for court systems and individual judges identified by participants in the IAALS Roundtable on...