Alabama Supreme Court elections
There are nine justices on the Alabama Supreme Court, each elected to six-year terms. They appear on partisan election ballots statewide and must face re-election if they wish to serve again. For more information about these elections, visit the Alabama judicial elections page.
To serve on this court, a judge must be:
These specific requirements are fairly new; note in the History section below that the ten year law license requirement was only established in 2009.
Should a vacancy occur between regularly scheduled elections, which take place in November of even-numbered years, an interim justice is established via gubernatorial appointment. Any justice appointed in this fashion must then stand for election in the next general election occurring at least one year after the interim judge took office.
Modifying this rule, the counties of Baldwin, Jefferson, Madison, Mobile, Talladega, and Tuscaloosa use judicial nominating commissions to fill vacancies. The governor chooses his or her appointee from a pool of the commission's nominees. Each county individually determines the size, composition, and procedures for its nominating commission.
See also: Alabama judicial elections, 2012
Democrat Sue Bell Cobb was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, defeating appointed Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, Jr. Glenn Murdock was also elected to the court in 2006, defeating incumbent Justice Jean Brown.
Incumbent Justices Thomas Woodall and Lyn Stuart were re-elected in 2006, after each fending off primary and general election challenges. Justice Champ Lyons was re-elected after running unopposed in the general election.
The removal of Chief Justice Roy Moore from the Alabama Supreme Court was a substantial campaign issue in the Republican primaries of 2004. Regardless of that situation, Alabama voters still elected three Republicans to open seats over the choice of sending Democrats to the court.
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- Judicial Retirement Laws, "Alabama: Mandatory Retirement Provisions Applicable Generally," 1999
- American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection; Judicial Nominating Commissions," archived October 2, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2010 Election Results
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2006 General Election Results
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2006 Primary Election Results
- The Washington Post, Alabama 2004 Election Summary
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2004 General Election Results
- Alabama Secretary of State, Republican 2006 Primary Results
- Alabama Secretary of State, 2002 General Election Results