SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION U

 

 

August 15, 2012, Introduced by Senators BIEDA and JONES and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 

 

 

     A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, by amending section 19 of article VI, to

 

remove the age limitation from eligibility criteria for judicial

 

office.

 

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

 

state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, to remove the age limitation from eligibility

 

criteria for judicial office, is proposed, agreed to, and submitted

 

to the people of the state:

 

ARTICLE VI

 

     Sec. 19. (1) The supreme court, the court of appeals, the

 

circuit court, the probate court and other courts designated as

 


such by the legislature shall be courts of record and each shall

 

have a common seal. Justices and judges of courts of record must be

 

persons who are licensed to practice law in this state.

 

     (2) To be qualified to serve as a judge of a trial court, a

 

judge of the court of appeals, or a justice of the supreme court, a

 

person shall have been admitted to the practice of law for at least

 

5 years. This subsection shall not apply to any judge or justice

 

appointed or elected to judicial office prior to the date on which

 

this subsection becomes part of the constitution.

 

     (3) No person shall be elected or appointed to a judicial

 

office after reaching the age of 70 years.

 

     Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be

 

submitted to the people of the state at the next general election

 

in the manner provided by law.