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Judicial Selection in the States: Maine

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Efforts to amend or end Missouri s merit/commission system of judicial selection appear to be ramping up in 2018. On the legislative side: HJR 47...

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Oklahoma s appellate courts use a retention system where voters are given the name of the judge and asked (per the state s constitution): “Shall...

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Since at least 2015 North Carolina s legislature has taken a particular interest in redrawing the maps for the state s judicial districts (see here)....

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Courtesy of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of...

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The Maine judiciary consists of a supreme judicial court, a superior court, a district court, and a probate court. The district and probate courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Maine's judicial selection process is similar to the process for selecting federal judges--judges are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the senate, but they serve seven-year terms rather than serving for life.