§51-2A-5. Term of office of family court judge; initial appointment; elections.
(a) Beginning with the primary and general elections to be conducted in the year two thousand two, family court judges shall be elected. In family court circuits having two or more family court judges there shall be, for election purposes, numbered divisions corresponding to the number of family court judges in each area. Each family court judge shall be elected at large by the entire family court circuit. In each numbered division of a family court circuit, the candidates for nomination or election shall be voted upon and the votes cast for the candidates in each division shall be tallied separately from the votes cast for candidates in other numbered divisions within the family court circuit. The candidate or candidates receiving the highest number of the votes cast within a numbered division shall be nominated or elected, as the case may be.

(b) The term of office for all family court judges elected in two thousand two shall be for six years, commencing on the first day of January, two thousand three, and ending on the thirty-first day of December, two thousand eight. Subsequent terms of office for family court judges elected thereafter shall be for eight years.

(c) The primary and general elections conducted in the year two thousand eight shall be conducted to fill the family court judge positions in the reconfigured districts set forth by subsection (c), section three of this article, for terms to commence on the first day of January, two thousand nine.