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According to The American Bar Association: "Five states initially select judges by appointment without a nominating commission. Fifteen states initially choose judges through merit selection with a nominating committee. Eight states choose their judges through partisan election. Thirteen states choose judges through nonpartisan election, and nine states choose their judges through merit selection combined with other methods." The American Judicature Society maintains a map, Judicial Selection Methods in the States, detailing the methods used in your state.

Use the links below to explore the matters before your state and local courts or explore the workings of the Federal Court System. Get more detail on the debate over judicial selection methods.




Alabama
Administrative Office of Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Civil Appeals
Court of Criminal Appeals
Circuit Courts
Alabama Office of the Attorney General

Alaska
Alaska Department of Law
Alaska Court System
Appellate Courts (Supreme Ct, Ct of Appeals)
Trial Courts calendars, records, etc. (Superior Ct, District Ct.)
Court Directory (address information)

Arkansas
Judiciary Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Judicial Directory
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
District Courts
City Courts
Arkansas Attorney General

Arizona
Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals - Division One
Court of Appeals - Division Two
Superior Courts (contact info)
Justice of the Peace Courts
Municipal Courts
Arizona Attorney General

California
Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Courts of Appeal
Superior Courts
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Colorado
Judicial Branch
Office of the State Court Administrator
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Colorado Attorney General

Connecticut
Judicial Branch
Office of the State Court Administrator
Supreme and Appellate Court
Superior Courts
Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Washington, D.C.
Courts Home
Court of Appeals
Superior Court
Office of the Corporation Council

Delaware
State Courts Home
Supreme Court
Court of Chancery
Superior Court
Court of Common Pleas
Family Court
Delaware Office of the Attorney General

Florida
State Courts Home
Judicial Administration
Supreme Court
District Courts of Appeal
Circuit Courts
County Courts
Florida Attorney General

Georgia
Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Superior Courts
Office of the Attorney General of Georgia

Hawaii
Judiciary Home
Supreme Court
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
Family Courts
District Courts
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General

Iowa
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Iowa Attorney General

Idaho
State Judiciary
District Courts
Judicial Directory
Tribal Court
Idaho Office of the Attorney General

Illinois
Judiciary Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Appellate Court
Circuit Courts
Illinois Office of the Attorney General

Indiana
Courts Home
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Superior Courts
Circuit Courts
Indiana Attorney General

Kansas
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Kansas Attorney General

Kentucky
Court of Justice Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
District Courts
Office of the Attorney General

Louisiana
Judicial Administrator's Office
Supreme Court
Courts of Appeal
District Courts
Louisiana Department of Justice

Massachusetts
Judical Branch
Supreme Judicial Court
Appeals Court
Superior Court
District Court
Juvenile Court
Probate and Family Court
Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts

Maryland
Judiciary Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Court of Appeals
Court of Special Appeals
Circuit Courts
District Courts
Orphan's Court Maryland Attorney General

Maine
Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Judicial Court
Superior Courts
District Courts
State of Maine Attorney General

Michigan
Courts Home
State Court Administrative Office
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
District Courts
Michigan Attorney General

Minnesota
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Minnesota Attorney General

Missouri
Judiciary Home
Office of State Courts Administrator
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
Missouri Attorney General's Office

Mississippi
Judiciary Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
Justice Courts
Mississippi Office of the Attorney General

Montana
Supreme Court
District Courts
Montana Department of Justice

North Carolina
Court System Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Superior Courts
District Courts
Attorney General of the State of North Carolina

North Dakota
Court System Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Superior Courts
District Courts
State of North Dakota Office of the Attorney General

Nebraska
Judical Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Juvenile Courts
County Courts
Nebraska Attorney General

New Hampshire
Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Superior Courts
District Courts
New Hampshire Attorney General

New Jersey
Courts Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Appellate Division of Superior Court
Superior Courts
Municipal Courts
New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety

New Mexico
Courts Information Center
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Magistrate Courts
Judicial Directory
New Mexico Attorney General

New York
Court System Home
Office of Court Administration
Court of Appeals
Appellate Divisions of Supreme Court
Appellate Terms of Supreme Court
Supreme Court
County Courts
New York City Civil Court
New York City Criminal Court
Office of the New York State Attorney General

Nevada
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
District Courts
Court Directory
Judicial Directory
Nevada Office of the Attorney General

Ohio
Supreme Court
Courts of Appeal
Court of Claims
Court of Common Pleas
Municipal Courts
Ohio Attorney General

Oklahoma
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Court of Criminal Appeals
Court of Civil Appeals
District Courts
Judicial Directory
Oklahoma Attorney General

Oregon
Courts Home
Office of the State Court Administrator
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
County Courts
Justice Courts
Department of Justice, State of Oregon

Pennsylvania
Unified Judicial System Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court
Commonwealth Court
Superior Court
Court of Common Pleas
Pennsylvania General Assembly

Rhode Island
Judicial Home
Supreme Court
Superior Courts
District Courts
Family Courts Rhode Island Attorney General

South Carolina
Judicial Department Home
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
South Carolina Attorney General

South Dakota
Unified Judicial System Home
State Court Administration
Supreme Court and Circuit Courts
South Dakota Attorney General

Tennessee
Administrative Office of the Courts
Appellate Courts (Supreme, Appeals, Criminal Appeals)
Judicial District Courts
Tennessee Office of the Attorney General and Reporter

Texas
Office of Court Administration
Supreme Court
Court of Criminal Appeals
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Constitutional County Courts
Texas Attorney General

Utah
State Courts Home
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
District Courts
Juvenile Courts
Justice Courts
State of Utah Office of the Attorney General

Virginia
Judicial System Home
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
District Courts
Virginia General Office of the Attorney General

Vermont
Judiciary Home
Supreme Court
Superior Courts
District Courts
Family Courts
Vermont Attorney General Home Page

Washington
Courts Home
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
Superior Courts
District Courts
Washington State Office of the Attorney General

Wisconsin
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Wisconsin Department of Justice

West Virginia
Administrative Office of the Courts
Supreme Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
Magistrate Courts
State of West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

Wyoming
Judiciary Home
Office of State Court Administrator
Supreme Court
District Courts
Circuit Courts
Office of the Wyoming Attorney General

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