Serve on a Commission
Serve on a Judicial Nominating Commission
Judicial nominating commissions are comprised of lawyers and nonlawyers. The commissions are responsible for nominating the most qualified judicial candidates to the governor or appropriate appointing authority.
If you are a nonlawyer interested in serving on a nominating commission, the link below will take you to the governor’s website. The first page of the site explains the process for selecting commission members. The “View Entire Boards List” link provides an alphabetical list of all the state boards and commissions. Under the letter “J” link, you can find the state nominating commission and the 14 district nominating commissions.
Lawyers who are licensed by the Iowa Supreme Court to practice law in Iowa (members of the bar) are elected to commissions by other lawyers. All members of the bar receive a notification 60 days before the end of the term of an elective state or district judicial nominating commissioner. The notification includes the procedure for filing nominating petitions, including the last date for filing.
To have a name printed on a ballot for the state judicial nominating commission, the nominating petition must be signed by at least 50 resident members of the bar of the congressional district and filed in the office of the clerk of the supreme court at least 30 days prior to vacancy. To have a name printed on a ballot for a district judicial nominating commission, the nominating petition must be signed by at least 10 resident members of the bar of the judicial district and filed in the office of the clerk of the supreme court at least 30 days prior to vacancy.
The resident members of the bar of each congressional district elect commissioners from the district to the state judicial nominating commission for a six–year term. The resident members of the bar of each judicial election district elect commissioners of the district to the district judicial nominating commission. The districts alternate between women and men elected as commissioners.