Hawaii senators propose term limits for Supreme Court justices

The measure would limit justices to 18 years of service in the nation’s highest court, after...
The measure would limit justices to 18 years of service in the nation’s highest court, after which they would assume “senior status.”(Matt Kieffer / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:13 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 10:20 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz have introduced a new measure that would do away with lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices.

Instead, service would be limited to 18 years and a new justice would take the bench every two years.

“We are already seeing the detrimental consequences of this right-wing power grab — from overruling common sense gun safety law, and restricting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to combat climate change, to eliminating the fundamental right to abortion care,” Hirono said, in a news release.

“We need to restore balance and fairness to our nation’s highest court. Creating term limits for Supreme Court justices is a first step in that process.”

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