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Wyoming Supreme Court
Wyoming Supreme Court
Wyoming Supreme Court Building, Cheyenne, Southwest view 20110823 1.jpg
Wyoming Supreme Court Building, in downtown Cheyenne.
Wyoming Supreme Court courtroom
LocationCheyenne, Wyoming
Composition methodExecutive appointment
Authorized byWyoming State Constitution
Appeals toSupreme Court of the United States
Judge term length8 years
Number of positions5
WebsiteOfficial website
Chief Justice
CurrentlyMichael K. Davis
Lead position ends2028
Jurist term ends20

The Wyoming Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The Court consists of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Each Justice is appointed by the Governor of Wyoming from a list of three nominees submitted by the judicial nominating commission,[1] for an eight-year term.[2] One year after being appointed, a new justice stands for retention in office on a statewide ballot at the next general election.[3] If a majority votes for retention, the justice serves the remainder of the term and may stand for retention for succeeding eight-year terms by means of a nonpartisan retention ballot every eight years.[3] A justice must be a lawyer with at least nine years' experience in the law, be at least 30 years old, and must also be a United States citizen who has resided in Wyoming for at least three years.[4] Justices must retire when they reach 70 years of age.[5]

The five Justices select the Chief Justice from amongst themselves. The person chosen serves as Chief Justice for four years. However, Richard V. Thomas of Cheyenne, a justice from 1974-2001, was chief justice only for two years, 1985-1986.


Current Justices[6]

Name Appointed Current Term Expires Position Appointed By
Keith G. Kautz August 4, 2015 2024 Associate Justice Matt Mead
Michael K. Davis August 30, 2012 2023 Chief Justice Matt Mead
Lynne J. Boomgaarden February 20, 2018 2026 Associate Justice Matt Mead
Kate M. Fox January 3, 2014 2024 Associate Justice Matt Mead
Kari Jo Gray September 5, 2018 2020 Associate Justice Matt Mead

In 1974, Chief Justice Leonard McEwan (1925-2008) stepped down from the high court in Cheyenne to assume the Fourth District judgeship in Sheridan, where he had earlier practiced law. McEwan is thus far the only Supreme Court justice in Wyoming history to move to a lower court judgeship. McEwan was narrowly elected to the high court in 1968 on a nonpartisan ballot.


  1. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (b)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Article 5, Section 4 (f)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Article 5, Section 4 (g)". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Article 5, Section 8". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Article 5, Section 5". Wyoming Constitution. State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Bios". Wyoming Supreme Court website. Wyoming Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013.


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