Judicial selection in Washington

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Judicial selection in Washington
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Washington Supreme Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Washington Court of Appeals
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Washington Superior Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   4 years
Washington District Courts
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   4 years

Judicial selection in Washington consists primarily of non-partisan elections. Candidates participate in the primary election, and if no candidate wins over 50% of the vote, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election.

Supreme Court

Justices of the Washington Supreme Court are elected in non-partisan elections every six years.

If there is a vacancy on the court, the governor appoints a replacement. That justice runs in the next election, then fills the remainder of the unexpired term.

The Chief Justice is elected to a four year term by the other members of the court.

In order to join the court, one must meet these qualifications:

  • be licensed to practice law in the state; and
  • be under 75 years of age.[1]

Court of Appeals

Judges of the Washington Court of Appeals run in non-partisan elections every six years. They are elected by residents of the district they represent. The court is separated into nine districts.

Vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment. The new judge must run in the next general election and then holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term.[1]

The chief judge of the court is elected by the other judges and serves a one year term.

To sit on the court, these qualifications must be met:

  • practice law in Washington for at least five years; and
  • be a resident of the district for at least one year.[1]

Superior Courts

The judges of the Washington Superior Court serve four year terms and run in non-partisan elections. There are 186 Superior Court judges in the state and they are elected in the county in which the court sits. [1]

Vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment. The new judge must run in the next general election and then holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term.[1]

The chief judges are elected by the other judges on a court. The term varies by court, but must be at least one year.

The qualifications for office are the same as on the Washington Supreme Court.[1]

District and Municipal Courts

Judges of the District and Municipal courts serve four-year terms.[2]

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