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Judicial selection in Illinois

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Judicial selection in Illinois
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Illinois Supreme Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   10 years
Illinois Appellate Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   10 years
Illinois Circuit Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years

Supreme Court

Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court are elected to ten-year terms in a partisan election.[1]

If a vacancy on the court occurs, the Illinois Supreme Court appoints a new judge. That judge must run for the seat in the next general election more than 60 days after the appointment.[1]

The chief justice of the court serves a three-year term and is elected by the other justices.[1]

In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:[1]

  • be an U.S. citizen;
  • be district resident;
  • and be licensed to practice law in state.

Judicial terms expire on the first Monday in December.[2]

Appellate Court

All aspects of the Illinois Appellate Court are the same as the Illinois Supreme Court, excluding the chief justice being elected to a one-year term.[1]

Circuit Court

All aspects of the Illinois Circuit Court are the same as the Illinois Supreme Court, excluding the ten-year term and the chief justice's indefinite term. Circuit judges are elected to six-year terms.[1] The chief judge, selected by his or her fellow circuit judges, serves a three-year term.[3]

The qualifications are as follows:[1]

  • be an U.S. citizen;
  • be a circuit/county resident;
  • be licensed to practice law in state.

Associate judges

Associate judges, limited in that they may not preside over cases in which the defendant is charged with a felony (an offense punishable by one or more years in prison), are appointed by circuit judges to serve four-year terms.[4]

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