SOC205 Strayer University Week 5 State Judicial Selection Process Discussion

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Assignment 1: The State Judicial Selection Process

Due Week 5 and worth 200 points

Each state within the United States has its own unique judicial selection process within its own court system.

Using the Internet or Strayer databases, research the judicial selection process for different court systems from different states within the U.S. Court System.

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Discuss the judicial selection process of your state. Include, at a minimum, the qualifications and steps that are taken in order to select judges for the different kinds of courts within your specific state.
  2. Choose a second state, and describe the qualifications and the selection process for judges within that state.
  3. Compare and contrast for both states the qualifications necessary for a prospective candidate to become a judge. Next, identify the steps that the relevant persons / entities need to take in order to remove a judge from office for disciplinary reasons for each state.
  4. Justify the selection process for the state that you believe has the best system in place. Justify the response.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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Introduction
The judicial selection is the process through which qualified individuals are selected to
serve in the various courts within the judicial system. The judicial selection criterion varies
across the different states in the USA. Each state has its own set of methodologies to be followed
and also state-specific regulations to be adhered to in the process. Moreover, there are also
different sets of qualifications required to be met by the candidates to be eligible for
consideration. This paper explores and offers a comparison of the judicial selection processes in
the states of Florida and Texas. Despite the differences in the legal selection processes in the
states, both share the same objective of selecting highly competent judges to serve in the judicial
system.
The Judicial Selection Process in Florida
The state of Florida has four court levels divided into two parts (Klingensmith, 2018).
The first part is the trial level that is comprised of the county courts and circuit court. The circuit
courts are twenty in number while the county courts are sixty-seven. The second part is the
appellate level that is composed of the Supreme Court and the appeal courts. There are five
district appeal courts and one apex supreme court. Election of judges occurs in the lower level
courts while at the Appeal and Supreme Court level, the judges are appointed by the Governor of
the state.
Selection
For one to be considered for selection to be a judge at any court level in the state of
Florida, some qualifications must be met by the persons to be selected. The first qualification is

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that the person under consideration for the selection must be a resident of the state of Florida.
The applicant must be living within the jurisdictions of the state. Therefore, they are bound by
the very same law they will be mandated to implement. Furthermore, another qualification is that
the person must be an elector. This means that the person must be a registered voter who
qualifies to take part in the elections carried out in the state and the whole country. Proof of
being an elector is indicated by the possession of a legal elector's card.
Additionally, the person under consideration for selection must have practiced law in the
state of Florida for a minimum of ten years. Without the experience, one cannot be considered
for the bench. This is aimed at making sure that the person being selected is well conversant with
the laws of the state. Lastly, individuals ought to meet the minimum age requirement and not be
older than 75 years. This is thought to be aimed at making sure that the selected person offers his
or her services...


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