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Unformatted text preview: The Judiciary Todays Key points 1. How are judges selected 2. How does selection affect accountability a. Is there a best method? 3. Structure of the state courts a. Tyoes of state courts b. Parts of the state court system Judicial independence Judicial Independence means free of influence of other branches of government or individuals. Courts are not biased by any influences. Independence implies. Sources of Judicial independence- Ways judges are selected- Term length. The longer the term, the less likely they are to worry about losing their job. Term length determines independence.- Judges who are elected sometimes have less independence then those who are appointed. Methods of selecting Judges Selecting mechanisms:- Elections o Partisan elections - offices listed, who they are, no party affiliations. o Nonpartisan elections party ids are not declared and have no personal affiliations o Retention elections vote uncontested, remove the need to campaign....
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.
- Fall '07