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Judicial selection in New Jersey

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Judicial selection in New Jersey
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New Jersey Supreme Court
Method:   Gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation
Term:   7 years
New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
Method:   Gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation
Term:   7 years
New Jersey Superior Court
Method:   Gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation
Term:   7 years

Judicial selection in New Jersey uses the method of gubernatorial appointment of judges with confirmation by the New Jersey Senate.

State courts

In order to serve on the courts, one must be under the age of 70 and practice law in New Jersey for at least 10 years.[1]

Justices and judges are appointed for seven-year terms and must be reappointed at the end of the term in order to continue serving. Historically, governors in New Jersey replace retiring judges with a judge of the same political party, maintaining a balance of political ideology.[2]

However, Governor Chris Christie surprised many when he did not renominate sitting justice John Wallace in 2010, claiming that his body of work represented "a different philosophy."[3] (See also: New Jersey governor nominates attorney over incumbent for Supreme Court and Judicial Advisory Panel resigns in New Jersey)

Municipal courts

Judges of New Jersey Municipal Courts are appointed to three-year terms by the body governing the city of the court's jurisdiction.

In order to serve on these courts, one must be a state resident and a practicing attorney for at least five years.[4]

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