Elected judges would introduce a transparency to the now-cloistered ritual of judicial appointments, a practice that has been enshrined in canadian legal history for too long. Should judges be elected or appointed august 8, 2011 by todd brewster at breakfast in washington last week with tom ingram, the former chief of staff to tennesseee senator lamar alexander, i asked what the hot political talk was in tennessee these days. A messy supreme court case shows why judges should be appointed, not elected the west entrance to the us supreme court building is seen in file photo taken in washington december 3, 2014.
Judges are appointed by congress and serve for 10 years, after which they may be reappointed selection of state court judges how state court judges are selected varies by state states choose judges in any of the following ways: some states hold retention elections to determine if the judge should continue to serve. The government would select the appointee, the commission shouldn't include only lawyers, who should not have a monopoly on who runs our courts, and the method of selection should reflect that judges serve the community at large. Texas is one of only seven states to select its judges in partisan political elections, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody defending the system as ideal. Q: the state where i live elects all its judges by popular vote, and their campaigns accept large donations from corporate and labor interests that often end up having business before the same judges.
Justices appointed for life and appointed justices with political reappointment on average have a lower probability of reaching an incorrect decision (01 percent) than both justices who face retention elections (05 percent) and justices who are elected (03 percent. The position of jail4judges is that the only answer that will curb judicial immunity of judges, whether elected or appointed, is jail in which judges thereunder shall be held accountable to the laws and to the constitution they have sworn to uphold through an independent grand jury of plain citizens. Should judges be elected or appointed judges should be appointed using a judicial selection commission that evaluates and recommends individuals to the governor for appointment. Putting courts into politics, and compelling judges to become politicians, in many jurisdictions has almost destroyed the traditional respect for the bench, one commentator famously wrote on the.
Elections are not the best way to ensure that judges can decide cases objectively, insulated from political pressure, says steve odland. In pennsylvania we have elected judges while there are problems with appointing judges, i think it would be better to do so then elect them people really don't have the first clue for whom they are voting when we elect our judges. Proponents of elected judiciary are of view that judges make law and that the public must have a voice in the law making process members of racial and ethnic minority groups have a better opportunity to become judges through the local political processes than through a merit selection process.
Introduction there are three different methods of choosing judges in this country the first is the appointment method, in which the executive of the state nominates an individual to become a judge, and (usually) the state senate must confirm the nominee before he or she takes office. Judges should be appointed with term limits and reviewed by a panel of comunity and law prfession members, with no money at issue in the reviews or appointments judges should be barred from practicing family law matters until five years have passed from stoppping being a family law judge. Judge and six associate judges, each appointed to a 14-year term25 new york's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits.
Appointed judges write higher quality opinions than elected judges do, but elected judges write many more opinions, and the evidence suggests that the large quantity difference makes up for the small quality difference. Judges are appointed, usually by the governor then, every four years or so, voters get a right to retain that judge at election time if the judge has disappointed voters for whatever reason. Phillip thomas addresses the question of appointed vs elected judges in a post on his mississippi litigation review and commentary blog earlier this month the post was based on a clarion-ledger article one point of alarm to mr thomas is a survey showing that 50% of judges believed contributions to judicial candidates do influence decisions.
Best answer: judges are both elected an appointed i don't think it makes a big difference whether they are elected or appointed some judges are excellent and follow the law others are abusive of the law and get away with it. Judges are appointed and confirmed by elected officials, which means that they are democratically appointed, albeit indirectly, via the people's elected represantives this is common and appropriate in a republic, that some individuals are not directly elected, but whom are democratically accountable one-step-removed. The question of electing judges or appointing judges has had a long bumpy road in illinois history over the last twenty years the voters of the state of illinois have been asked several times to vote on the constitutional proposal changing the judicial selection process. Judges should be selected for their skills and experience in law, rather than their ability to run an effective election campaign diversity quotas can, and should, be used when judges are appointed appointment based systems are less likely to lead to the politicisation of the judiciary.