Making Judges Popularly Elected

H.4402 and H.4406 would respectively make Family Court Judges and state Supreme Court Justices popularly elected. South Carolina’s judicial selection process is already politicized by the process of elections via the legislature. These bills would help to remove legislative dominance over Family Court Judges and state Supreme Court Justices, but they would also introduce a new partisan component into the selection process. Rather than making judges popularly elected South Carolina should follow the Federal model with judges appointed by the executive with the advice and consent of the Senate.

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