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State of Montana

Methods of Judicial Selection: Montana

Judicial Nominating Commissions

When an interim vacancy occurs on the supreme court, the district court, or the workers' compensation court, the judicial nomination commission screens candidates and provides the governor with a list of three to five nominees. The commission also submits a report that includes specific reasons for recommending each nominee. The governor must appoint a nominee from the commission's list. The judicial nomination commission also provides the chief justice with a list of nominees for all vacancies in the office of chief water judge.

The judicial nomination commission is composed of seven members. Four nonlawyer members, who reside in different areas of the state and each of whom represents a different industry, business, or profession, are appointed by the governor. Two lawyer members from different parts of the state are appointed by the supreme court, and one district court judge is elected by other district court judges. Members of the commission serve staggered four-year terms and may not serve more than two full terms. Click here for statutes relating to the judicial nomination commission.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $2906 (2006)