Rather than being elected by the voters, Delaware’s judges are appointed by the governor with senate confirmation. Since 1977, Delaware governors have entered an executive order creating a judicial nominating commission to screen applicants and recommend the best qualified candidates. In the wake of several recent judicial appointments, Governor Markell praised this selection process:
Who we have as judges says a lot about who we are as a people, because justice is at the very core of who we are as Americans. As we’re focusing on putting people back to work in Delaware and improving our schools, having a great justice system is critical to having Delaware move forward.