Louisiana Supreme Court
Judicial Selection Method: Election (Partisan)
7 Justices
10 year terms
State High Court Judicial Selection Process Legal Authority

  • In a partisan primary election, the candidate who receives a majority of the votes is placed on the ballot for the general election.
  • The candidate who receives the highest number of votes in the district-wide general election is appointed to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
  • One Justice is elected from each of the seven supreme court districts.

Interim Vacancies

  • Vacancies shall be filled by special election called by the Governor and held within twelve months after the day on which the vacancy occurs or the judgeship is established, except when the vacancy occurs in the last twelve months of an existing term.
  • Until the vacancy is filled, the supreme court shall appoint a person meeting the qualifications for the office, other than domicile, to serve at its pleasure. The appointee shall be ineligible as a candidate at the election to fill the vacancy or the newly-created judicial office.
  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.