Thursday, October 24, 2013

Electing Judges

Although this November’s election is an off-year vote, some important issues will appear on Ohio ballots, including several judicial seats. 

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, among others, argues against electing judges, claiming that such elections “create the impression, rightly or wrongly, that judges are accountable to money and special interests, not the law.” 

That argument has not swayed the state of Ohio.  Our Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has, however, argued for reforming the judicial election process.  As the Columbus Dispatch explains, her ideas include increasing qualifications for judges and making the primaries nonpartisan.  Justice O’Connor’s complete proposal is presented here.

If you’re curious about arguments in favor of judicial election, check out our title, In Defense of Judicial Elections.