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Hawaii Appointment of Retired Judges Amendment (2012)

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Appointment of Retired Judges Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article VI, Section 3
Referred by:Hawaii Legislature
Topic:State judiciary

The Hawaii Appointment of Retired Judges Amendment, also known as SB 650, was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Hawaii as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to appoint retired judges to temporary stations.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

Although the measure had more "yes" votes, Hawaii law requires more that the majority constitutes at least 50% of the total vote cast at the election votes for a measure to be approved.

Hawaii Retired Judges Amendment
Defeatedd No174,19039.9%
Yes 216,655 49.6%
These results are from the Hawaii Secretary of State with 250 of 250 precincts reporting.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[2]

"Shall the chief justice of the state supreme court appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment?"


No formal support was identified by Ballotpedia.


No formal opposition was identified by Ballotpedia.

Path to the ballot

See also: Hawaii legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In Hawaii, the state legislature is required to approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 2/3rds but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the Hawaii State Legislature approved it by a simple majority.

SB 650 was enrolled to the Governor of Hawaii on May 8, 2012, for placement on the ballot.[1]

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