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Judicial Selection in the States: South Dakota

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Legislation introduced last week in the Rhode Island House would require the state s Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) sent at least one person of color...

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Citing displeasure at recent state supreme court decisions on abortion drugs, removing a Ten Commandments monument from capitol grounds, and other rulings the Oklahoma House...

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The Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor committee met yesterday to take up several bills that would change the state s merit/commission based system of appointment...

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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.