The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t the only institution roiled by a highly politicized judicial selection process. In a new report, the Brennan Center calls for reform to state supreme courts, where high-cost elections have become the norm. The report, “Choosing State Judges: A Plan for Reform,” urges states to abolish elections for state supreme court justices and instead adopt a transparent, publicly accountable appointment process for their highest courts. It also calls for the adoption of a lengthy single term for state supreme court justices, along with other reforms designed to rein in the role of money and politics in state courts.
This morning, AJS received news from our friends at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School that they have just released a new report entitled “Choosing State Judges: A Plan for Reform”. Regarding the report, the Brennan Center explains: