Judicial Nominating Commission
Judicial merit selection is a way of choosing judges through appointment, using a nonpartisan nine-member commission of lawyers and non-lawyers to locate, recruit, investigate, and evaluate applicants for judicial office. These Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNCs) then submit three to six names of the most highly qualified applicants to the Governor, who must make a final selection from the list.
Each Judicial Nominating Commission has nine members. Five members are appointed directly by the Governor, and the Bar send nominations to the Governor to fill the remaining four spots.
Please look below for exciting opportunities for appointment to one of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commissions or to apply to be a judge.
JNC News Releases
Current Judicial openings and application instructions are listed in these news releases.