Menu Close

Bill to limit Supreme Court Justices’ terms to 18 years

Bill to limit Supreme Court Justices' terms to 18 years goes viral

A Bill to limit Supreme Court Justices’ terms to 18 years goes viral. In response to the most recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court judges, a group of Democrats presented a plan on Tuesday that would “restore credibility” to the institution by imposing term limits on the Supreme Court justices.


The bill would set the term length for Supreme Court justices at 18 years. It was sponsored in the House by Democratic Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia. Also, in the Senate by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

The president would appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court every two years. This is in the first and third years following a presidential election.

Legislators believe that passing this bill is essential in order to counteract the fast diminishing legitimacy of the Supreme Court. The bill is also meant to restore confidence in the institution among the general public.


After the Supreme Court handed down a series of rulings in June, including the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which released abortion laws across the country, public trust in the Supreme Court has plunged to historic lows.

This is the lowest it has ever been. Rep. Ro Khanna is one of the six representatives who have signed on as sponsors of the legislation. This has been given the name the Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act (D-California).

Bill to limit Supreme Court Justices’ terms to 18 years

In a statement, the chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, Representative Hank Johnson said that “five of the six conservative justices on the bench were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote,” and that “they are now racing to impose their out-of-touch agenda on the American people.”

Hank Johnson, An American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Hank Johnson, An American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district since 2007.

Johnson’s statement was made in reference to the conservative justices currently serving on the court. “Term limits are a critical step toward restoring balance to this extreme and unfettered majority on the court.” This is according to Chief Justice John Roberts.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has referred to the bill as “important.” He is also a proponent of the legislation and has stated his support for it. According to Nadler, if term limits are not implemented, “we will be stuck with [a] backwards-looking majority for a generation or longer.”

After serving on the court for 18 years, a justice would be eligible for a lifetime “senior” status in which they would continue to receive pay and carry out certain official responsibilities. This is the same choice that justices already have if they want to step down from their jobs on the court.

In the event that one of the Supreme Court’s nine seats becomes vacant for reasons that were not planned, such as a member of the Court’s passing away, becoming seriously ill or being removed for some other reason, the temporary position would be filled by the justice who most recently attained senior status.

Watchdog groups advocate changes to the Supreme Court

Watchdog groups in the government have been pushing for changes to the Supreme Court for a long time, such as term limits and more justices. The justices themselves have said that term limits would be wise. They also said it would help cut down on corruption in the Court.

According to advocacy organizations, term limitations would help depoliticize the process of confirming a judge and the court itself, potentially preventing radical takeovers of the court. Furthermore, term limits would help depoliticize the process of confirming justices.

The Democrats’ proposal for reforming the Supreme Court includes this particular piece of legislation. In response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the vast other rulings that the Court has handed down in recent months, Democrats have also called for investigations into potential impeachment of justices.

The Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act was proposed in May by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington). If passed, this act would prohibit federal judges from trading in individual stocks. It would also tie the Supreme Court to an ethical code.

The only federal court that is not required by law to adhere to a specific code of ethics is the Supreme Court. In addition, Democrats have proposed legislation that would boost the total number of justices up to 13. This would be accomplished by adding four more seats.

Read: Exxon Mobil, others bag billions and billions of dollars as oil prices skyrocket

Republicans and the Supreme Court

They contend that Republicans have taken control of the Court and that enlarging it would be a logical way to battle the extremism that has penetrated the institution. They claim that extending the Court would be a sensible way to combat extremism.

The general population in the United States appears to strongly support improvements to the Supreme Court. A poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult shortly after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision was handed down last month found that 69 percent of Americans agree that justices should be bound by an ethics code, while 62 percent support the implementation of term limits.

The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson ended federal protections for women seeking abortions. In addition, the survey discovered that a majority of respondents, including 45 percent, are in favor of increasing the size of the Supreme Court.

Read: Biden back in command and in good health as he tested negative for Covid

Share: Bill to limit Supreme Court Justices’ terms to 18 years


Share your thought