Samuel, who has been a judge in Israel for years, appoints his two sons to the position of judge near the end of his life. Yet they turn out to be corrupt. Why do you think Samuel took this step assuming he knew the character of his sons? Where do you see nepotism in our judicial system?
In Illinois, voters choose all judges. At the trial level, there are two types of judges. Subcircuit judges are elected from a defined geographic area and must live in that area. County-wide judges are elected by voters throughout Cook County and may live anywhere in the County. Once elected, both sub-circuit and county-wide judges have the same powers and may be placed in any division of the Circuit Court system. Appellate Court judges are elected in five districts in Illinois. Cook County is one of those districts, and panels of judges on the appellate court hear appeals of civil and criminal cases from all over the County. (If you live in another state, the process may be different.)
Even though judges impact our lives as much as politicians, almost 70% of the voters do not complete the section of the ballot dedicated to election of judges. More than 15% of voters skip it altogether.
Tuesday, March 18, is the Primary Election. There are 60 judge vacancies that must be filled by Cook County voters. Candidates are chosen by the Republican or Democratic parties and often the election is uncontested—for all practical purposes, they are appointed by the party leadership. The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a non-partisan organization that compiles a list of the candidates and whether they are considered qualified by a number of lawyer groups. See the list at http://www.voteforjudges.org/2014_Alliance_Primary_Ratings.pdf If you are aware of other non-partisan evaluations, please post them.