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Ecuador: High Court Judges Selected by Lottery

(Nov. 4, 2008) On October 29, 2008, Ecuador selected judges to serve on a temporary Supreme Court of Justice by means of a lottery. The procedure selected 21 of the 31 judges who had served on the former permanent Court; the temporary institution is designed to last until a new permanent Court is established in 2009. Those picked announced their intention to reject the appointments in a statement in which they said the process of their selection was degrading. (Safiya Boucaud, Ecuador Selects New High Court Judges by Lottery, JURIST, Oct. 31, 2008, available at

A new Court was needed because a new Constitution, drafted in July 2008 and approved by referendum in September, came into force on October 20, 2008. The new Constitution calls for the use of oral arguments in the judicial system; on October 21, the Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Tribunal of Ecuador issued a statement on developing such a system. (Texto Constitucional Aprobado, July 19, 2008, available at
(last visited Oct. 31, 2008); Andrew Gilmore, Ecuador High Court Creates Oral Argument System as New Constitution Takes Effect, JURIST, Oct. 22, 2008, available at