An Historical Perspective on Judicial Selection Methods in Virginia and West Virginia
Alex B. Long
University of Tennessee College of Law
January 27, 2009
Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2002
University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 54
This Article explores the history of judicial selection methods in Virginia and West Virginia - two states, once joined, with distinct cultures and very different judicial selection methods. In an attempt to explain how the two states ended up with such different systems, the Article focuses on the constitutional conventions in those states between 1829 and 1902 and the debates that took place on the subject of popular election of judges versus an appointive system.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 83
Keywords: Caperton, Massey, Judges, Judicial Selection, Elected Judges, Merit Selection, Due Process, Legal History, Virginia, West Virginia
JEL Classification: K19, K30, K40
Date posted: January 29, 2009 ; Last revised: June 25, 2009
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