University of Denver

Cornerstones of State Judicial Selection

Laying the Foundation for Quality Court Systems and Judges

This publication couples the desired attributes for court systems and individual judges identified by participants in the IAALS Roundtable on Judicial Selection with principles (or “cornerstones”) for judicial selection processes that are most likely to produce court systems and judges with these attributes.

These principles were developed in collaboration with the O’Connor Advisory Committee to the Quality Judges Initiative. Our objective with this publication is to build consensus around our aspirations for the court system, and to encourage states to assess their selection methods from that perspective.