Judicial selection in Rhode Island

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Judicial selection in Rhode Island
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Rhode Island Supreme Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with house and senate confirmation
Term:   Life term
Rhode Island Superior Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with house and senate confirmation
Term:   Life term
Rhode Island Family Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with senate confirmation
Term:   Life term
Rhode Island District Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with senate confirmation
Term:   Life term
Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with senate confirmation
Term:   Life term
Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt. with senate confirmation
Term:   Life term

Judicial selection in Rhode Island involves using the merit selection method to choose the state's judges. The Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission evaluates and recommends candidates to the Governor for appointment. The Governor nominates one candidate who must be approved by senate and house. Article 10 of the state's Constitution authorizes the selection, retention and terms of judges in the state. There is no mandatory retirement age for judges in the state.

Supreme Court

Justices on the Rhode Island Supreme Court serve life terms.[1]

When a vacancy on the court occurs, the Governor makes a nomination from a list of candidates provided by the nominating commission. House and senate confirmation is also required.[1]

The chief justice of the court also serves a life term and is chosen by the Governor, based on recommendations from the nominating commission. The house and senate must also confirm the Governor's chief justice nominee.[1]

To serve on the court, a candidate must:[1]

  • be an attorney
  • be licensed in the state
  • be member of the state bar, in good standing

Superior Court

The rules governing the appointment of judges to this court are identical to those for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.[1]

Courts of limited jurisdiction

Judges for Rhode Island's family courts, workers' compensation courts and traffic courts are all selected in the same manner as described for the supreme court and superior court. Judges on these courts must also meet the same requirements. However, these judges are only required to be confirmed by the senate.[2]

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