Judicial Reform

Critics denounce secrecy of Oklahoma judicial nominating process

Following a judicial bribery scandal in the 1960s, Oklahoma adopted a “Missouri plan” system in which an outside commission selects judicial nominees and the governor is barred from considering any other applicants.

Ray Carter
December 26, 2019
Judicial Reform

Conflict-of-interest concerns arise in judicial nomination

A member of the Judicial Nominating Commission was a financial contributor to the political campaign of a judge who applied with the JNC to fill a vacant Oklahoma Supreme Court seat, records show.

Ray Carter
August 2, 2019
Judicial Reform

Oklahoma added to ‘judicial hellhole’ top-10 list

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) has announced it now ranks Oklahoma among the nation’s 10 worst “judicial hellholes,” a jarring reversal after several years of progress.

Ray Carter
July 29, 2019
Judicial Reform

Gov. Stitt signs judicial reform bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Thursday that modernizes the district lines used to select Oklahoma Supreme Court nominees so district populations are roughly equal.

Ray Carter
April 26, 2019
Judicial Reform

Judicial redistricting headed to governor

Oklahoma lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Kevin Stitt's desk that would redraw judicial district lines.

Ray Carter
April 17, 2019
Judicial Reform

Judicial-selection reform clears Senate committee

Legislation making its way through the Oklahoma Legislature would reform and modernize the 1967-era geographical districts by which state Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals judges are appointed.   

Mike Brake
April 4, 2019
Judicial Reform

Three important judicial reforms

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court district boundaries have not changed since the 1960s. While people have moved around, those lines have stayed the same for half a century. This isn’t merely unfair—it also hurts the quality of our judiciary for basic reasons described by James Madison.

Trent England
January 30, 2018