Louisiana Supreme Court elections
The seven justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court are elected to serve ten year terms.
If a midterm vacancy occurs, the vacancy is filled by Supreme Court appointment. However, within one year of the opening, a special election is held to fill the seat. If the Supreme Court has appointed a successor, that judge may not run for the seat in the special election.
The chief justice is the justice on the court with the most seniority. When she or he retires, the justice with the most seniority becomes chief justice.
In order to serve on the court, one must be:
A vacancy on the Louisiana Supreme Court was created with the 2009 retirement of Justice Chet Traylor. 4th District Judge Marcus Clark defeated former executive counsel to Governor Bobby Jindal, Jimmy Faircloth on October 17, 2009. 
Elections for two seats were held in 2008, in the First and Fifth Districts. Chief Justice Pascal Calogero retired from the court, leaving a vacancy in the First District. With the election of Greg Guidry, a Republican would represent the district on the court for the first time in thirty-six years.
Fifth District Justice Catherine Kimball was challenged in her re-election bid and won, making her the most senior justice on the court and the new Chief Justice. Kimball became the first female to serve as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as she had also been the first female justice on the court.