Wyoming Supreme Court

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Wyoming Supreme Court
Wyoming Supreme Court Building-2012 07 15 1441.jpg
Wyoming Supreme Court Building, in downtown Cheyenne.
Wyoming Supreme Court courtroom
Country Wyoming, United States
Location Cheyenne, Wyoming
Composition method Executive appointment
Authorized by Wyoming State Constitution
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of the United States
Judge term length 8 years
Number of positions 5
Website Official site
Chief Justice
Currently Marilyn S. Kite
Since 2010
Lead position ends 2014
Jurist term ends 2016

The Wyoming Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The Court consists of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Each Justice is appointed by the Governor of Wyoming from a list of three nominees submitted by the judicial nominating commission,[1] for an eight-year term.[2] One year after being appointed, a new justice stands for retention in office on a statewide ballot at the next general election.[3] If a majority votes for retention, the justice serves the remainder of the term and may stand for retention for succeeding eight-year terms by means of a nonpartisan retention ballot every eight years.[4] A justice must be a lawyer with at least nine years' experience in the law, be at least 30 years old, and must also be a United States citizen who has resided in Wyoming for at least three years.[5] Justices must retire when they reach 70 years of age.[6]

The five Justices select the Chief Justice from amongst themselves. The person chosen serves as Chief Justice for four years. However, Richard V. Thomas of Cheyenne, a justice from 1974–2001, was chief justice only for two years, 1985–1986.

Justices[edit]

Current Justices[7][edit]

Name Appointed Current Term Expires Position Appointed By
Marylin S. Kite June 2, 2000 January 7, 2019 Chief Justice Jim Geringer
Michael K. Davis August 30, 2012 August 30, 2028 Associate Justice Matt Mead
William U. Hill November 3, 1998 November 3, 2014 Associate Justice Jim Geringer
Barton R. Voight March 29, 2001 January 7, 2019 Associate Justice Jim Geringer
E. James Burke January, 2005 December, 2013 Associate Justice Dave Freudenthal

In 1974, Chief Justice Leonard McEwan (1925–2008) stepped down from the high court in Cheyenne to assume the Fourth District judgeship in Sheridan, where he had earlier practiced law. McEwan is thus far the only Supreme Court justice in Wyoming history to move to a lower court judgeship. McEwan was narrowly elected to the high court in 1968 on a nonpartisan ballot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (b)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (f)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (g)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (g)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Article 5, Section 8". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Article 5, Section 5". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Bios". Wyoming Supreme Court website. Wyoming Supreme Court. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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