Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALs) has a new
resource that details how each state selects and retains its judges across all
three court levels – trial, intermediate appellate, and supreme.
11-page document is divided into three categories: Formal methods of selecting
state judges, informal methods, and methods of retaining state judges.
Side-by-side columns labeled with different methods of selection, such as the
commission-based gubernatorial appointment method used in Iowa, contain the
names of the states that use that method.
comparison method is designed to make judicial selection easy and
understandable, say IAAL spokespeople.
the document, which is entitled "Selection & Retention of State Judges:
Methods from Across the Country,” click here. To learn more about
IAALS, go to its website.