Although states have continued to adapt their selection systems, as long as they rely on some form of election, the contests will continue to get nastier, nosier, and costlier, showing the need for reform. This comment surveys foreign countries, and their judicial selection systems, as alternatives to the current selection methods utilized by the states. After laying a foundation by defining independence, impartiality, and their intersection with accountability, the paper examines the current selection methods used by the states and the various regulations in place concerning judicial selection. The problems caused by judicial elections and their proposed solutions are also examined. Finally, judicial selection methods used by foreign countries are categorized and explored, with an alternative selection method for the judiciary proposed as a conclusion.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Varsho, Kelly J.
"In the Global Market for Justice: Who is Paying the Highest Price for Judicial Independence?,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 27:
3, Article 3.
Kelly J. Varsho, Comment, In the Global Market for Justice: Who is Paying the Highest Price for Judicial Independence?, 27 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 445 (2007).