Judicial selection in Kentucky

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Judicial selection in Kentucky
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Kentucky Supreme Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
Kentucky Circuit Courts
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
Kentucky District Courts
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years

Judicial selection in Kentucky occurs through the non-partisan election of judges.

Supreme Court

The seven justices of the Kentucky Supreme Court are elected to eight year terms in non-partisan elections.

If a vacancy occurs midterm, the governor appoints a successor, with consent from the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission. The new justice runs for the seat in the next general election, unless the next election is less than three months away. In that case, the judge runs in the following election.

The chief justice is chosen by other members of the court to serve a four year term.

In order to serve on the Supreme Court, one must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • a resident of the district representing for at least years;
  • licensed to practice law for at least eight years.[1]

Court of Appeals

All aspects of selection are the same on the Kentucky Court of Appeals as on the Supreme Court.[1]

Circuit Courts

Almost all aspects of selection are the same on the Kentucky Circuit Courts as on the Supreme Court. The only difference is that the chief judge on each court serves only a two year term.[1]

District Courts

The judges of the Kentucky District Courts are elected in non-partisan elections.[2]

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