New Jersey Shared Courts Amendment (2011)

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The New Jersey Shared Courts Amendment did not appear on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the state of New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure called for allowing municipalities to be responsible for appointing judges in shared courts.[1]

At the time of the proposal, if two municipalities share a court, the judge was appointed by the governor and confirmed by advice and consent of the state senate.[1]

The bill was sponsored by state legislators John Wisniewski, Joseph Malone, III, Bonnie Watson Coleman, John Burzichelli, Pamela Lampitt and Louis Greenwald.[2]

Background

See also: New Jersey Municipal Judge Appointment Amendment, Question 2 (2008)

In 2008, a similar measure was defeated by voters by 55%. New Jersey Municipal Judge Appointment Amendment, Question 2 asked voters to grant the New Jersey State Legislature the authority to pass statutes to allow alternative methods of selecting municipal court judges.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, the state legislature is required to approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60% but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority.

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Defeatedd New Jersey Municipal Judge Appointment Amendment, Question 2 (2008)

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