The Supreme Court Requires Reform

The Brennan Center for Justice devised a practical solution to the problem. While federal judges and justices would continue to be appointed for life as the Constitution stipulates, justices’ terms on the Supreme Court would end after eighteen years. After their eighteen years sitting on the Court, justices would then become emeritus justices and move on to fill positions as needed on the lower courts until such time as they might choose to retire. The writers proposed eighteen years because each President would then have the power to nominate two justices in his/her term — a far fairer system than exists now. A bill is before Congress now to incorporate such a law. HR 5140, the House bill was proposed in 2021, and several leading Senators have proposed the same bill in the Senate. It is past time for action on this important legislation.

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