Wyoming Legal Overview
The highest court in Wyoming is the Wyoming Supreme Court, comprised of five justices appointed by the Governor and subsequently elected statewide for 8-year terms. Wyoming does not have an intermediate appellate court. The Supreme Court directly takes on appeals from the district courts, which are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction. There are 23 district courts organized into nine judicial districts. Circuit courts with limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors, domestic violence and civil cases amounting to less than $50,000 have the same structure as the district courts, with 23 circuit courts across the nine judicial districts.
1. Capital punishment is legal in Wyoming, with the death penalty being administered by lethal injection. Court cases involving Wisconsin have produced landmark judgments in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Fourth Amendment rights. In Wyoming v. Houghton (1999), the court ruled that warrantless search of a passenger’s effects, even with probable cause, is a Fourth Amendment violation. However, they allowed it under the automobile exception rule, with the passenger’s purse considered as an effect of the car. The 1922 Wyoming v. Colorado water dispute is notable as one of the rare instances where the U.S. Supreme Court had original jurisdiction.
2. A Wyoming attorney has filed a legal claim on behalf of a woman in Wyoming who was implanted with Ethicon’s Gynecare Gynemesh PS and suffered as a result.
3. Lawyersfor a Wyoming-based free market think tank widened the scope of their legal claim against the Federal Election Commission.
Trending Wyoming Legal Topics: The Wyoming State Bar (WSB) was established as a voluntary organization in 1878. The state legislature made it an integrated bar under the control of the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1939. WSB membership is now mandatory and the organization has more than 3,000 members, including all of the more than 1,660 lawyers licensed to practice law in Wyoming. Bar exams are administered by the Wyoming Board of Law Examiners (BLE), whose five members are appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court. The WSB, BLE, Supreme Court and all the administrative offices and agencies of the judiciary are located in Cheyenne, WY.