Supreme Court Needs Term Limits: Legal Eagles

Urge end to lifelong terms, judges' case selection
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2009 8:26 AM CST
In this 2007 file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts pauses during a speech in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US judicial system is in need of a serious overhaul, law experts write in a letter to congressional leaders. They argue that Supreme Court justices shouldn’t keep their posts for life, instead taking 18-year terms before a shift in status, the Washington Post reports. Further, they say, the justices shouldn’t be allowed to decide which cases they’ll take on.

That policy fuels an image of a court “not just powerful but arrogant.” Instead, there should be a separate division of justices who review cases and send 80-100 to the high court annually. Last year, the court gave 67 opinions, the lowest number in decades. Meanwhile, justices with health troubles that pose on-the-job difficulties should be asked to resign, the experts urge.