A few tidbits about 2018 judicial elections

Let me share a few facts with you about this year’s judicial elections.

  • There are 146 judicial positions available.
  • 36 incumbents chose to retire or not seek reelection – 25%
  • 95 judicial positions are not contested – 65%
  • 51 judicial positions are contested, by 136 candidates – 35%
  • 15 incumbent judges were challenged – 10%

Do we really have a “elected” judiciary?  Probably not.  It’s more like a hybrid appointed and elected judiciary.

When you consider that (a) 5 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices were initially appointed, (b) 6 out of 10 COA Judges were initially appointed, and (c) 65% of judges are not opposed,  I am of the opinion that the argument that Mississippi’s judicial elections are too political is not necessarily true.

 

 

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