The Judicial Selection Systems Throughout The United States Essay

1506 Words Jul 6th, 2015 7 Pages
The judicial selection systems in the United States are different all over the country. All fifty states have one of the basic patterns of selecting judges. There are partisan elections, nonpartisan elections, appointments, and appointments with retention election. Partisan elections, like the system we have in Texas currently works by each candidate having to run under a party affiliation. In a partisan election candidates first run in a primary election and it also incorporates straight-party voting. The good thing about partisan elections is that they allow people of that state some control by being able to have a say on how the judiciary should be set up. By citizens being able to link the candidate to a party, it helps in the decision making process of that citizen to be able to have a look at the candidates outlook on basic issues and their philosophy behind the names and the faces. It lets the citizens feel as though they know a candidate just a little bit better on a personal level. While partisan elections do make it necessary for judges to have to go after campaign funds by the amount of money that has to be raised to run a judicial campaign, it does leaves some controversy since the only people who seem to contribute funds to judicial campaigns are lawyers and litigants. This leaves behind the impression that justice in Texas can be sold and bought for the right price. Since most voters usually have a difficult time to name the judges they voted for,…

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