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to Increase the Maximum Age At Which A Person May Be Elected Or Appointed Judge, to Eliminate the Authority of the General Assembly to Establish Courts of Conciliation, and to Eliminate the Authority of the Governor to Appoint A Supreme Court Commission
State of Ohio
Proposed Constitutional Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 1,273,536 / 37.97% Yes votes ...... 2,080,207 / 62.03% No votes
Index of all Issues
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
PROPOSED BY JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
TO AMEND SECTION 6 OF ARTICLE IV AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 19 AND 22 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO
This proposed amendment would:
If approved, the proposed amendment will take effect immediately.
A "YES" vote means approval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22. A "NO" vote means disapproval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22.
SHALL THE AMENDMENT BE APPROVED?
Eighteen states have no age limit. Four have a retirement age of 72, seven have a retirement age of 75, and one has a retirement age of 90.
The amendment would eliminate the Supreme Court Commission (established in 1875) and Courts of Conciliation (established in 1851). Neither has ever been utilized.
The State of Ohio
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Issue 1||Arguments Against Issue 1|
|1. In 2011 people live longer and are mentally sound longer than was the case in
1968, when the current age limit was adopted.
2. Experienced, knowledgeable judges should be permitted to run for office. Voters should determine if a candidate for judge is able to serve.
3. If a judge is unable to perform judicial duties because of age or any other reason, the Ohio Supreme Court can discipline or remove the judge. In addition, judges are subject to impeachment proceedings in the Ohio General Assembly.
|1. Having a higher age limit effectively creates a more entrenched judiciary.
2. The current system works and there is no compelling reason to change it.
3. Extending the retirement age will burden the courts with some judges whose best years are behind them.