Fairness In State Courts: Electing Versus Appointing State Judges

Fairness In State Courts: Electing Versus Appointing State Judges

State judges rule on most legal cases, but some argue campaign funding for judicial candidates leads to bias. Please join us to discuss fairness in state courts: elections versus appointment for state judges.

The process of selecting state judges varies from state to state. Some are elected, some are appointed, and in some states there are appointments that then go to voters for approval. The idea is to have state judges who represent the citizens of the state and not the political powers that be, but the process is inevitably political. Some argue that it is becoming yet another casualty of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Political donations, they say, are increasingly playing a role in the selection of state judges and weakening overall judicial impartiality. Please join us to discuss state judges and special interests.

Guests

Scott Gaylord

associate professor of law at Elon University School of Law.

Ian Millhiser

senior constitutional policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.

Charlie Hall

editor of Justice at Stake.

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