Beyond Accountability and Independence: Judicial Selection and State Court Performance

Judicature, Vol. 220, p. 90, 2007

Posted: 6 Jun 2007

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Damon M. Cann

Utah State University - Department of Political Science

Abstract

Recent empirical studies of judicial selection have suggested that judicial elections are better at promoting accountability than previous work has suggested. Further, some studies contend that merit selection and appointment plans have not been as effective at promoting independence as reformers have suggested. I argue that scholars should move beyond the accountability vs. independence debate and pursue direct measures of the quality of court activities in evaluating judicial selection systems. Using a national survey of court judges, I show that judges who serve in states with appointment or merit selection systems rate the quality of justice in their state as being higher than judges who serve in states with elections.

Keywords: judicial selection, state supreme courts, merit selection

JEL Classification: D73, K40

Suggested Citation

Cann, Damon M., Beyond Accountability and Independence: Judicial Selection and State Court Performance. Judicature, Vol. 220, p. 90, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=991368

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