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NCJ Number: 119183 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative Judicial Selection Devices: An Analysis of Texas Judges' Attitudes
Journal: Judicature  Volume:73  Issue:1  Dated:(June-July 1989)  Pages:34-39
Author(s): W M Pearson; D S Castle
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A questionnaire mailed to all 472 district and appellate judges in Texas in March 1987 sought information regarding judges' perceptions and preferences for judicial selection methods.
Abstract: Responses came from 341 judges (72.2 percent) and indicated no consensus on a method of judicial selection. The judges prefer four devices: nonpartisan elections, the current elective systems, partisan elections with longer terms, and a proposed merit plan. However, no method received overwhelming support. Judges perceptions of selection methods vary according to several factors: their court, the means of attaining their current position, their party affiliation, their years of experience as a judge, and the size of their city. The preferences differed significantly at the .05 level by courts, position acquisition, and party affiliation. However, support for the merit plan increased with years of experience and city size. Findings suggest that the professional, political, and demographic factors that contribute to judicial attitudes in Texas are also present in other States' judiciaries. Tables and recommendations for further research.
Main Term(s): Judge selection
Index Term(s): Judicial attitudes; Texas
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