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The selection of judges to state courts is variable.

Appointed:California, Maine, New Jersey, Virginia

Merit Selection:Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming

Nonpartisans Election: Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin

Partisan Election:Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia

Governor or Legislative Appointment: In 4 states, judges are appointed by the

governor or (in South Carolina and Virginia) the legislature. Gubernatorial appointments

usually require the consent of the upper house of the legislature or the participation of a special commission such as an executive council. In most of these states, judges serve a term (ranging from 6 to 14 years) and then may be reappointed in the same manner. In Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, judges enjoy lifetime or near-lifetime tenure.

Merit Plan: In 23 states, judges are nominated by a nonpartisan commission, and

then appointed by the governor. Judges serve a term and then are subject to a retention election, where they run alone, and voters can either approve another term or vote against them. Terms vary but on the whole are less than those in appointment states.

Nonpartisan Election: In 15 states, judges run for election. Their political

affiliations are not listed on the ballot, and so voters, unless specifically informed, do not know a candidate's political party. These judges serve a term and then may run for

reelection. The terms range from 6 to 10 years.

Partisan Election: In 8 states, judges run for election as a member of a political

party. They serve a term in the range of 6 to 10 years for the most part and then may run for reelection.

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Are the states judges appointed or elected?

Whether a state judge is elected or appointed depends on the state. Some states elect judges and some are appointed by the governor.

How are judges elected?

In the U.S., it varies by state. Federal judges are not elected; they are appointed.

Can Congress appoint state judges?

No, state judges are either elected or appointed.

Are all judges in the US appointed to office?

No. All Federal judges are appointed, but most state judges are elected to office.

What judges are elected?

Some states have elected judges. It depends on the state. Federal judges are all appointed.

How are trial court judges appointed?

Federal court judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. State court judges are elected or appointed depending on the state's system.

Are Illinois state judges appointed or elected?

Judges may be appointed by the governor to fill a vacancy until the term is up for election, but normally they are elected.

What are Illinois judges appointed or elected?

Illinois judges are elected.

How are judges appionted in the US?

supreme court justices are appointed by the president' state judges are either elected or appointed by the governor

Are federal judges appointed or elected?


Are judges appointed or elected in Mexico?

They are appointed.

How do judges get their position in district court?

Depending on the state, they are either appointed or elected.

Are the state judges appointed or elected?

It depends on the state. Some states elect, some states appoint.

Who are either elected or appointed by the governor or state legislature and are supposed to be non-partisan?


How are circuit court judges appointed?

It can depend on the laws of the particular state. In some states they are elected, in others they can be appointed by the Governor.

How can you be elected for the Judicial branch?

Local judges are generally elected, but federal judges are appointed.

How can a judge be re-elected?

State Judges are elected and re-elected by the voters of that State. The Judges run a campaign just like a politician and their names are on the ballots where people cast their votes. Federal Judges are appointed by the President with the "advice and consent" of the Senate.

How long is a judges term?

Federal Judges are appointed for life, Circuit Judges are elected to office for a 6 year term. This could vary by state.

What branch of the US government is run by officials who are appointed rather than elected?

This is the judicial branch: federal courts and the US Supreme Court. Unlike local, county, and state judges, federal judges are not elected. They are either appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate (e.g. district judges, appeals judges) or appointed through a vote by district judges (e.g. magistrate judges).

How are judges picked in Canada?

Judges in Canada are appointed and not elected.

Who appoints local judges?

In NC judges are elected, not appointed.

Are Kentucky circuit court judges elected or appointed?


How many times can judges on the judicial branch be re elected?

At the federal level, judges aren't elected but rather appointed for lifetime terms. State-level judges are governed by their state laws, but generally there aren't any term limits.

Are Maine's state judges appointed or elected?

Appointed by the Governor. (See

Do all judges whether federal or state appointed serve for life or until they retire?

No, while federal judges hold their appointments during "good behavior", state judges do not necessarily have that luxury. Some state judges are elected.