Judges; Mandatory Retirement Age (ConAm)
Proposes a constitutional amendment to extend the mandatory retirement age of 70 for state justices and judges to 72.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
proposing an amendment to article VI, section 3, of the Hawaii constitution to extend the mandatory retirement age by two years for state justices and judges.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that in today's society, individuals are living longer, healthier lives, as evidenced by the growing number of older individuals throughout the country as well as the world. The legislature further finds that a benefit of our aging society is the wisdom, experience, and skills that these older individuals possess which should be both valued and respected, particularly in the workforce.
SECTION 2. The purpose of this Act is to propose an amendment to article VI, section 3, of the Hawaii Constitution to extend the mandatory retirement age of seventy to seventy-two for all state court justices and judges.
SECTION 3. Article VI, section 3, of the Hawaii Constitution is amended to read as follows:
"APPOINTMENT OF JUSTICES AND JUDGES
Section 3. The governor, with the
consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice,
supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts, by appointing a
person from a list of [
not less] no fewer than four, and not more
than six, nominees for the vacancy, presented to the governor by the judicial
If the governor fails to make any appointment
within thirty days of presentation, or within ten days of the senate's rejection
of any previous appointment, the appointment shall be made by the judicial
selection commission from the list with the consent of the senate. If the
senate fails to reject any appointment within thirty days thereof, it shall be
deemed to have given its consent to [
such] the appointment. If
the senate [ shall reject] rejects any appointment, the governor
shall make another appointment from the list within ten days thereof. The same
appointment and consent procedure shall be followed until a valid appointment
has been made, or failing this, the commission shall make the appointment from
the list, without senate consent.
The chief justice, with the consent of the
senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from
a list of [
not less] no fewer than six nominees for the vacancy
presented by the judicial selection commission. If the chief justice fails to
make the appointment within thirty days of presentation, or within ten days of
the senate's rejection of any previous appointment, the appointment shall be
made by the judicial selection commission from the list with the consent of the
senate. The senate shall hold a public hearing and vote on each appointment
within thirty days of any appointment. If the senate fails to do so, the
nomination shall be returned to the commission and the commission shall make
the appointment from the list without senate consent. The chief justice shall
appoint per diem district court judges as provided by law.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT
Justices and judges shall be residents [
citizens] of the State and citizens of the United States, and licensed to practice law by the supreme court. A justice of the supreme court, a
judge of the intermediate appellate court and a judge of the circuit court
shall have been so licensed for a period of not less than ten years preceding
nomination. A judge of the district court shall have been so licensed for a
period of not less than five years preceding nomination.
No justice or judge shall, during the term of
office, engage in the practice of law, or run for or hold any other office or
position of profit under the United States[
,] or the State or its
The term of office of justices and judges of the supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts shall be ten years. Judges of district courts shall hold office for the periods as provided by law. At least six months prior to the expiration of a justice's or judge's term of office, every justice and judge shall petition the judicial selection commission to be retained in office or shall inform the commission of an intention to retire. If the judicial selection commission determines that the justice or judge should be retained in office, the commission shall renew the term of office of the justice or judge for the period provided by this section or by law.
Justices and judges shall be retired upon
attaining the age of [
seventy years.] seventy-two years. They
shall be included in any retirement law of the State."
SECTION 4. The question to be printed on the ballot shall be as follows:
"Shall the mandatory retirement age of seventy for all state court justices and judges be extended to age seventy-two?"
SECTION 5. Constitutional material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New constitutional material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This amendment shall take effect upon compliance with article XVII, section 3, of the Hawaii Constitution.