Montana Supreme Court elections

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The seven justices of the Montana Supreme Court are selected in nonpartisan elections to eight-year terms. When their term expires, they must run for re-election (or retention if they are unopposed) if they wish to continue serving.[1]

Selection of the chief justice

The court's chief justice is chosen by popular vote during the regular campaign cycle. He or she serves in that capacity for a full eight-year term.[1]


To serve on this court, a judge must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • a state resident for at least two years; and
  • licensed to practice law in the state for at least five years.[1]


In the event of a midterm vacancy, the governor is responsible for appointing a new judge from a list compiled by the Montana Judicial Nominating Commission. Once confirmed by the Montana Senate, the judge holds office until the next general election, when he or she will be able to run for re-election to complete the remainder of the unexpired term.[1][2]




See also: Montana judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyDepartmentPrimary VoteElection Vote
MorrisBrian Morris   ApprovedAYes72.29%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
SheehyEd Sheehy    NoNumber 534.20%ApprovedA43.88%   DefeatedD
BestElizabeth Best    NoNumber 532% 
McKinnonLaurie McKinnon   ApprovedANoNumber 533.49%ApprovedA56.11%   ApprovedA

See also

External links


MontanaMontana Supreme CourtMontana District CourtsMontana Courts of Limited JurisdictionMontana Water CourtMontana Workers' Compensation CourtUnited States District Court for the District of MontanaUnited States bankruptcy court, District of MontanaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitMontana countiesMontana judicial newsMontana judicial electionsJudicial selection in MontanaMontanaTemplate.jpg