Date of Award
Director of Thesis
Dr. Brad Epperly
Dr. Kirk Randazzo
In this paper I present original data collected for over three dozen factors capturing constitutional provisions for judicial independence for all 50 US states, from statehood to 2015. Drawing on insights from research on comparative courts, this data set goes far beyond simple appointment procedures, and includes tenure, rule-making ability, removal procedures, and other factors affecting the relationship between the judiciary and political branches. I further discuss how this data can be used in the future to address debates over the effect of institutional design on judicial behavior, as well as how changes in political conditions affect the role of courts.
Pilatovsky, Kimberly M., "De Jure Provisions for Judicial Independence in US States: 1776-2015" (2017). Senior Theses. 202.