Comparing Judicial Selection Systems in Common Law Democracies: Creating a Framework for Comparison
Rebecca D Gill
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
March 25, 2006
Midwest Political Science Association, 2006
How does our current system of selecting judges compare to judicial selection systems in other countries? This research provides a framework for categorizing and analyzing the systems of judicial selection in countries similar to the United States. This framework accommodates and organizes a number of different institutional actors and arrangements. Additionally, this paper addresses a variety of other relevant characteristics of judicial selection systems, including professional qualifications and mandatory retirement ages. In all, countries seeking to fill judicial positions similar to that of a US Supreme Court justice have decided to do this in many different ways. This paper identifies the key players and variables common to these systems, providing researchers with a common vocabulary that allows for equivalence of measures among disparate systems.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: judicial selectionAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 18, 2012
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