Vermont's Judicial Retention Process Different From Most States

03/23/11 12:44PM By Jane Lindholm, Patti Daniels
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Judges need approval from legislators for each 6-year term they serve. When a legislative panel recently voted not to recommend Superior Court Judge Mark Keller for another term it raised questions about how Vermont's judicial retention process works, and how politics affects the tenure of judges. Most states elect or appoint judges for life. Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna explains Vermont's process.
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