View Poll Results: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

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Thread: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Yes. They should serve for life, just as the consitition has been interpreted that they should to date.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it is a bad idea to have justices on the Supreme Court for life. They should serve 14-16 years at most.
    I think it's a good idea that they serve for life. It means there are fewer ways for special interest groups to influence them.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Most Supreme Court Justices here are appointed in their early 50s so, for me, 20 years on the court is sufficient considering they've also had decades on lower court benches prior to appointment. There's an unlimited supply of others who can fill vacancies - there are only 9 positions - and fresh thinking is always a benefit. I don't want politicians in office for 20 years up, why would Supreme Court Justices be any different, particularly since some seem to think it's their role to legislate from the court.
    Somehow I have always been fond the idea of continuity in the interpretation of the Constitution and only slow rotation of the judges. It is sort of a balance to the pressure from popular fashions, adaptive pressures and hectic reactiins legislative and executive branches of government are subject to. That in mind I liked the indefinite length of service and low probability of one head of government and Congress responsible for a large number of appointments.

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