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Monday, October 14, 2019

Iowa Supreme Court Selection

Iowa is one of a few states that privilege lawyers in judicial selection by allowing the bar to select members of the judicial nominating commission that narrows down the pool of applicants to three from which the governor must pick one. 

Until 2019, the bar and governor each selected 8 commissioners with the 17th a sitting state Supreme Court justice. The 2019 law takes away the sitting justice's place and replaces with another commissioner selected by the governor.

Lawsuits challenging this change have thus far not succeeded.

More on Iowa judicial selection

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