justice for sale

what's happening in my state?
State-by-State Map

Find out which U.S. states elect, appoint, or merit-select judges for their State Supreme Courts. [Note: Many states do not use the same method of judicial selection for all of their courts. A state that selects its Supreme Court judges by partisan election, for example, might select its appellate or general jusrisdiction judges by appointment or merit selection. To learn more about the specific election rules in your state, use the State Court Locator.]
Summaries of Selected Studies

Here are the findings from various studies and reports on: who usually wins judicial races; the amount of money involved and its sources; the public's perception of judges. The parts of the country covered are: Los Angeles County; Illinois; Louisiana, North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Texas.
Judges Under Fire

The American Judicature Society offers this state-by-state round-up of controversies and issues affecting judicial independence.

home how bad is it? my state history selecting judges video discussion

home · how bad is it? · what's happening in my state? · how did we come to elect judges?
how should judges be selected? · video · quiz
discussion · links · synopsis · press · tapes · funding · teachers' guide
frontline · pbs online · wgbh

some images copyright © 1999 photodisc all rights reserved
web site copyright 1995-2014 WGBH educational foundation

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

RECENT STORIES

FRONTLINE on

ShopPBS