Thursday, March 22, 2012

State Courts and Constitutions

How many Justices are there on the Montana Supreme Court?  Are the Justices on Idaho's highest court elected or appointed?  Does the state bar play a role in nominating the Justices of Tennessee?  What's the term of service on the Ohio Supreme Court?  Which provision in the New Jersey Constitution governs the selection of Justices?  How many states have a "Missouri plan" and what does that mean anyway? 

An excellent resource from the Federalist Society, the State Courts Guide, can answer these questions and a host of other queries about the highest courts in each state.  Clicking on individual states in the US map color-coded by types of judicial selection will lead to more detailed information about a state and pertinent links; here's Wyoming:

 

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It would be great to also have the individual state information in a 50-state chart for ease of comparison, but perhaps that will be available in the 2.0 version.

RR

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