IAALS and U.S. 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.


The O'Connor Judicial Selection Plan

The Plan consists of four elements:

  1. Judicial nominating commission
  2. Gubernatorial appointment
  3. Judicial performance evaluation
  4. Retention elections

More information about each of the four elements is available below.

IAALS offers research-based recommendations for structuring each stage of the process to encourage highly qualified individuals to apply for judgeships, assure that the best judicial candidates are selected and retained, and engender support for the judiciary from the other two branches of government.

Click here to read and download the plan.

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