Elected means that the people have had their chance to vote. No matter who contributes what to a judge’s campaign, the corrupt can still be ousted by the voters. Appointed means that insiders can control the decision and the judges only have to answer to them, not to the people whose lives they destroy. Judicial code of conduct boards in my state hardly ever discipline judges. No matter how lopsided or unfair decision a judge may make, the conduct commitee is unable to find fault. Why should they? After all, if a judge skewers the breadwinner in a marriage with substantial assets, the judge is just helping all of his judge buddies feather their own nest/pension with those Part IV-D matching funds.There is no motivation for the system to have effective oversight.