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Appointments to the US Supreme Court should be for fixed 18-year terms
A system of lifetime appointments creates incentives to appoint the
This is bad as it leads to Justices being chosen for reasons other than their quality as legal thinkers.
Judges over 60 are now rarely considered for positions on the Supreme Court.
Of the current Supreme Court Justices, only Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch were appointed
before they turned 50
Presidents want to appoint younger judges, who share their political views, to
maximize the amount of time
they can exert their ideological influence on the court. These are viewed as political moves, leading to a lack of trust in the other side and increased polarisation.
An 18-year term does not significantly remove the incentive to put younger justices on the court, as those older than 62 are unlikely to see out a full term.
Presidents and members of the Senate need judges with established records and experience, so the incentives to appoint very young judges are diminished.
Senate confirmation process
currently ensures that no unqualified Justice ends up on the bench.