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Colorado: amendment, if adopted, will impose term limits on appellate judges

The Rocky Mountain News reports: If voters approve a constitutional amendment to limit state appellate court judges to 10 years of service, the makeup of the state Supreme Court would change dramatically in January 2009.

Five of the seven justices currently on the bench would be replaced by nominees selected by the next governor. Seven of the 19 members of the appellate court also would be replaced.

All 12 of the judges who would be replaced were appointees of former Gov. Roy Romer, a Democrat.

Former state Senate President John Andrews, the lead advocate of the measure known as Amendment 40, said limiting judges to 10 years and making them stand for retention more often would hold the judicial branch more accountable. Colorado already has term limits for the legislature and governor's office. ...

But John Moye, former president of the Colorado Bar Association and one of the chairmen of Vote No 40, said removing so many judges at once would create a backlog of cases and allow the next governor to "stack the courts" with members of his political party. -- Rocky Mountain News: Elections

The proposed amendment is only page 32 of the PDF version of the Blue Book.

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