Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments

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The Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is one of the three Arizona Judicial Nominating Commissions; it is charged with picking judges for all appellate courts in the state, as well as members of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Arizona follows the Missouri Plan method of judicial selection, when choosing candidates for the state's courts. The commission is authorized in Article 6, Section 36 of the Arizona Constitution.

The Commission has sixteen members. They serve staggered four-year terms. Membership includes ten (10) non-attorneys, who are referred to as its "public members," five attorneys, and its chair. The rules for the composition of the commission are:

  • It shall have no more than five non-attorney members from the same political party.
  • It shall have no more than two non-attorney members from the same county.
  • It shall have no more than three attorneys from the same political party.
  • It shall have no more than two attorneys from the same county.

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