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State of New Jersey

History of Reform Efforts: New Jersey

Altering Selection Methods

Method of selection and term lengths for New Jersey judges are prescribed in the state's constitution, and any changes must occur through constitutional amendment. To become effective, proposed changes must be agreed to either by a three-fifths majority of both houses in one legislative session or by a simple majority of both houses in two consecutive legislative sessions. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters at the next general election.