LIFE TENURE IS TOO LONG FOR ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL TO SIT ON THE SUPREME COURT.
LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS HAVE CREATED SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT THREATEN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM AND DEMAND OUR ATTENTION.
The system of life tenure for Supreme Court justices is broken and far removed from its original intent.
We have no rules in place to tell Supreme Court justices when their time on the bench is up.
Instead, partisan politics take over, placing enormous pressure on the justices to retire at a time when a president of their same party sits in office and can nominate a successor who will rule in line with their party’s views.
The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices already wield enormous, unchecked power over the course of our nation. They shouldn't also be able to decide who takes their place.
At a time when the court’s decisions increasingly reflect partisan politics, Come to Terms proposes a better way to ensure accountability and independence: single, standard 18-year terms for U.S. Supreme Court justices.
THE 18-YEAR PLEDGE
There’s a big step forward we can take right now. Join Come to Terms in calling on the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee to pledge to serve a single, standard term of 18 years. Come to Terms’ 18-Year Pledge allows the American people see which judicial nominees are willing to do their part to address the broken system and put people over politics.
NO MORE GAMES
We can stop the partisan political game by which justices stretch out their tenure and time their retirement to influence what party gets to fill their vacant seat. Gaming Supreme Court retirements opens the door for one party to stack the court – and stack the deck against the American people.
18 YEARS ARE ENOUGH
As some U.S. Supreme Court justices approach the 30-year mark on the court, voters of all stripes overwhelmingly agree that 18-year standard terms would be a reasonable alternative to the current system of lifetime appointments.
A more regular rotation of individuals on the court would lead to a bench that is reflective of all of the American people, not just an elite few. Come to Terms offers a reasonable solution to decrease political gamesmanship on the court and increase the court’s connection to everyday Americans.