Texas is:one of only six states that select all of the judges in their judicial branch via partisan elections. 30 However, while the Texas Constitution expressly provides that Texas’s judges are to be elected to office, 31 the constitution also allows interim court vacancies to be filled through appointment by the Governor or county officials, 32 as opposed to interim elections generally.
Should Judges Be Appointed. Unit III “Position Paper” Under Article II of the Constitution, the President has the power, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Judges of the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life there for, each nomination to the Supreme Court has a long-lasting influence on the Courts decisions.
Judges should be selected with the intention of being objective and non-partisan, not elected to implement a particular party’s platform. The best way to guarantee unbiased and fair rulings in our courts is by establishing appointment as the standard method of judicial selection.
Judges given increased levels of protection from the public feel freer to advance personal agendas, often manifesting the view expressed by Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo who declared that: I take judge-made law as one of the existing realities of life. (7) Americans should not have to fear “judge-made laws” as a reality of life.Learn More
Do you think judges should be appointed or elected? I think judges should be appointed because their position in the justice system are very important in determining criminal and civil cases. It would, however, be better if the society had a hand in selecting judges, but of course, majority of society does not understand the requirements and the standards of competency in being a good lawyer.Learn More
TEXAS: All judges are selected in partisan elections. Appellate judges are elected to six-year terms, while district court judges are elected to four-year terms. Judges are subsequently reelected to additional terms. UTAH: All judges are chosen through a merit selection process by a nominating committee.Learn More
The american legal system depends on the use of judges. With the storm of controversy raging about weather judges should be elected or appointed, the future of our legal system may be effected. The root of the selection problem may be that it is impossible to separate law from politics.Learn More
Electing judges makes them accountable to the public. If the people feel that a judge is doing a poor job or is abusing their power, the people have an opportunity to vote in someone else.Learn More
How are state judges selected in Texas? Discuss two different methods used in other states for selecting judges. What are the arguments for each of the selection methods you discussed? Do you think that judges should be elected or appointed? Explain your reasoning.Learn More
The appointment of judges can be done corruptly, in which a judge is appointed based solely on a close relationship, or because their is some promise of financial reward for making the appointment. And, after the election, there is a risk that a judge will pass biased judgement in favor of the one that appointed them, as a way of compensating them for the appointment.Learn More
Firstly, a judge must be empathetic. When in a hearing, it is the judges’ role to make the final decision on the sentence of the criminal. When making this decision, a judge must be aware of the huge impact the duration of a sentencing can have on an individual as this is a life changing experience for not only the criminal but their family too.Learn More
In Texas, all judges are elected through partisan elections. A partisan election is one where candidates are listed on the ballot with indication of their political party. When Texas became a state in 1845, judges were appointed by the governor with senate consent, but since 1876, judges at all levels of courts are elected by the people in partisan elections.Learn More
Currently, there are no black high court judges however the black population in prison is for ever growing. For the purpose of this essay, I shall be arguing that judges should be appointed based mostly on life experience and relativity. Of course a standard law degree and a solid understanding of the law is necessary but that goes without saying.Learn More
Many Texas judges will tell you privately that they hate the state’s partisan system. But some of the state’s top judges have spent the last few years publicly asking for a new process. Wallace Jefferson, who was Supreme Court chief justice from 2004 to 2013, was fairly blunt about his distaste for the way judges are elected.Learn More
In colonial times, judges were either chosen by legislative election, appointed by the (Royal) governor, or nominated by the governor and confirmed by the legislature of the state. This latter method—what we now refer to as merit selection—was codified in the Federal Constitution as the method of selecting all Article III federal judges, and was also adopted by the first twenty-nine states.Learn More