Volume 24, Number 1

Rethinking Judicial Selection

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Rethinking Judicial Selection

The quality of justice suffers when politics invades the judicial sphere, casting doubt on the impartiality of case outcomes and eroding public confidence in our nation’s system of justice. The author, senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and an authority on the judicial system, observes that intensifying politicization of the judiciary is a problem that cannot be solved by merit selection of judges alone. She makes the case that the states and would-be reformers should consider a new framework for judicial selection reform, rooted in what we know about how existing systems advance or impede important values such as judicial independence, democratic legitimacy, and diversity on the bench.


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