SCOTUS Reform: Democrats’ new TERM Limits Bill

  • Establish terms of 18 years in regular active service for Supreme Court justices, after which justices who retain the office will assume senior status.
  • The 18-year limit is keyed to maintaining a nine-member Court.
  • Instead of waiting for a justice to die or retire, each president would get to nominate two justices in the first and third years of a four-year presidential term.
  • This would be sole means of Supreme Court appointments;
  • Each time a TERM appointee is named, the most senior member of the court (based solely on length of service) would move to “senior status.”
  • In the event that a vacancy occurs because of death, resignation or impeachment, the most recently appointed senior justice(s) would return to active status until the full complement of nine TERM-appointed justices fill the bench again.
  • The life-tenure requirement of the Constitution would be met by ensuring that senior justices retired from regular active service would continue to hold the office of Supreme Court justice, including official duties and compensation.
  • Only justices on the active nine-member panel would participate in hearing arguments, voting on and writing opinions.

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