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U.S. Supreme Court Reform

This guide collects academic scholarship, popular press articles, and historical materials to help you learn more about various Supreme Court reform proposals.

Summary

Merit selection proposals seek to mitigate partisan influence in judicial appointment through bipartisan selection commissions and empirical candidate analysis. The practice of merit selection started in the states as a method to determine state supreme court justices. Since then, there have been proposals for the federal judiciary, and even the Supreme Court, to implement elements of merit selection. 

Academic Literature