Competitive vs Merit Retention Races
County and circuit courts are considered trial courts, where cases are first heard. These elections have competitive races. You will see these on the Primary Election ballot, and sometimes in the General Election ballot in the case of a run-off. Information compiled on this site will often include bios, news articles, and video/written interviews.
merit retention races
The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court are considered appellate courts, where trial court verdicts are disputed. In these elections, voters do not choose between candidates. Instead, they choose whether to keep or remove the judge, called a merit retention race. You will see these on the General Election ballot. Information collected on this site will include news and interviews, but will also explain court rulings.