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PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1973
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
93d Congress, 1st Session
JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina
HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts STROM THURMOND, South Carolina BIRCH BAYH, Indiana
MARLOW W. COOK, Kentucky QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota CHARLES McC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia
EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida JOHN V. TUNNEY, California
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
BIRCH BAYH, Indiana, Chairman JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi
HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota MARLOW W. COOK, Kentucky JOHN V. TUNNEY, California
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania (II)
Richmond, Va.; president, Bar Association of the City of Richmond,
Chicago, Ill.; chief consultant to the Subcommittee on Separation of
STATEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD
chester, Va.; president of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, former
president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, chairman of the
Committee on a proposed amendment to the Constitution to require
reconfirmation of Federal judges every 8 years. (S.J. Res. 106)
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Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:05 a.m., in room 318, Old Senate Office Building, Senator Birch Bayh presiding.
Present: Senator Bayh (presiding).
Senator Bayh. We will convene our hearing this morning, the primary purpose of which is to study the ramifications, the impact, and the thrust, of Senate Joint Resolution 106, introduced by our distinguished colleague from Virginia, Senator Byrd.
I will ask unanimous consent that an introductory statement which I have prepared be put in the record at this point. For the benefit of those who are here and I will not read it in toto.
[The statement referred to follows:] STATEMENT OF SENATOR BIRCH BAYH, CHAIRMAN, SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON
This hearing has been called to consider Senate Joint Resolution 106, which purposes an amendment to the Constitution requiring the reconfirmation of all federal judges after a term of eight years. We are pleased to have with us today the distinguished senior Senator from Virginia, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., who introduced S.J. -Res. 106. We are also fortunate to have several outstanding legal scholars as witnesses today; Professor Paul Freund of the Harvard Law School; Mr. Bernard Segal, former President of the American Bar Association : Professor Philip Kurland of the University of Chicago Law School; and Mr. Paul M. Shuford, President of the Richmond Bar Association.
Article III of the Constitution provides that "Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good behavior." S.J. Res. 106 would alter that Article by providing federal judges with only an eight year term, during good behavior. During the final year of each judge's appointment his name would be placed in nomination for another term, and the Senate would be asked whether it wished to advise and consent to the nomination. This procedure, however, would not apply to judges currently on the bench; they would continue to serve under Article III's provisions.
I must state, in all candor, that I am not currently persuaded that the proposed change in Article III's provisions is necessary and proper. But my mind is not closed to argument on this or any other issue, and that is why I am looking forward to discussing this proposal with today's very distinguished witnesses.
The judiciary today, as in other times, is not completely free from problems which are the legitimate concern of the legislative branch. For a number of years, I have been working on legislation which would require the very highest standards of ethics in our judges, and that battle is not yet won. We are all also concerned with ensuring that only the most highly qualified able, and professional