New resource tells how judges are selected in all states
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The 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.


The 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.


The comparison method is designed to make judicial selection easy and understandable, say IAAL spokespeople.


To view 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.