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Judicial Selection in the States: South Dakota

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I mentioned a few weeks ago an effort to remove all bar-selected members of Iowa s judicial selection commissions. Now the latest efforts have come...

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The North Carolina House Elections Committee earlier today approved HB 100, a bill to return the state s trial court (Superior District) races to partisan....

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

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South Dakota's unified judicial system consists of the supreme court, the circuit court, and magistrate courts. Supreme court justices are appointed by the governor from a list of candidates submitted by the judicial qualifications commission, and circuit court judges are chosen in nonpartisan elections.

In 2004, South Dakota voters were asked to decide whether circuit court judges, like supreme court justices, should be selected through a merit process. Voters rejected the measure by a 62-38 margin.