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Frequently Asked Questions


Questions:

How do I find out the status of a case filed with this court?
What do the colors mean on the OSCN docket listings?

ELECTIONS
How often do we vote on judges?
How do I find out more about the judicial candidates who are running for office?
Why don't judicial candidates tell us what they think about issues so I know how to vote on them?

Answers:

How do I find out the status of a case filed with this court?
The Office of the Appellate Court Clerk maintains the official docket data. They can be reached at:
405-556-9400
 
2100 N. Lincoln, Suite 4
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
 
-or-
 
P.O. Box 53126
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
What do the colors mean on the OSCN docket listings?
Green Petitions, Writs, and other documents initiating an appellate case.
Red Issuance of Mandate
Goldenrod   Entries associated with the record from the lower court.
Purple Entries associated with settlement conferences.
Blue Responses to filings
How often do we vote on judges?
Trial judges are elected by a vote of the people every four years.
 
Appellate judges terms are for six years. Appellate judges are first appointed by the Governor from a list of three names of qualified individuals prepared by the Judicial Nominating Commission. They are then retained in office by vote of the people.
 
Judges cannot be listed on the ballot by their political party (Democrat, Republican, etc). In fact, judges are prohibited from publicly stating their political party affiliation. For the exact wording of that law, go to 20 O.S. § 1404.1
How do I find out more about the judicial candidates who are running for office?
Since it is very important for judges to be independent and not favor one person over another, the campaigns for judicial office are very different than any other office in the state. Judges are not allowed to say how they would rule in a case if it came before them or what their predisposition is toward a particular situation.
 
The best information available on judges is from the lawyers who appear before the judge or other people who know the candidates and know if the candidate is fair, unbiased, independent, can follow the law, has integrity and a good work ethic.
Why don't judicial candidates tell us what they think about issues so I know how to vote on them?
Sitting judges and lawyer candidates are prohibited from stating how they would rule in a particular instance or on a particular issue. Judges need to consider evidence in each specific case and then apply the law to that particular case. Further, in cases that go to trial, juries decide the verdict. The judge imposes the jury?s verdict unless it was an exceptional verdict not supported by the evidence.