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An Historical Perspective on Judicial Selection Methods in Virginia and West Virginia

83 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2009 Last revised: 25 Jun 2009

Alex B. Long

University of Tennessee College of Law

Date Written: January 27, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Caperton, Massey, Judges, Judicial Selection, Elected Judges, Merit Selection, Due Process, Legal History, Virginia, West Virginia

JEL Classification: K19, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

Long, Alex B., An Historical Perspective on Judicial Selection Methods in Virginia and West Virginia (January 27, 2009). Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2002; University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 54. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1333716

Alex B. Long (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )

1505 West Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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