Arizona Public Judicial Review Amendment, Proposition 109 (1992)

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The Arizona Public Judicial Review Amendment, also known as Proposition 109 and House Concurrent Resolution 2009, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in Arizona, which was approved in the statewide election on November 3, 1992.

  • This proposed amendment to Article VI allows increased public participation in the judicial selection process in Maricopa and Pima Counties.[1]

Election results

Arizona Proposition 109 (1992)
Approveda Yes 738,655 57.88%

Official results via: State of Arizona Official Canvass

Text of measure

The text of the ballot read:


House concurrent resolution 2009
A concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; amending Article VI, Sections 12, 28, 30, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 40, Constitution of Arizona; amending Article VI, Constitution of Arizona, by adding new Sections 41 and 42; relating to the Judicial Department.


Amending the Arizona Constitution to change the method of appointing Superior Court judges in counties with populations of at least 250,000 and all appellate judges; change the appointment and composition of the commissions on court appointments; provide for increased public participation; require consideration of population diversity; require a judicial evaluation system.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

The full changes to the Constitution of Arizona can be found in the State of Arizona 1992 Ballot Propositions guide.


Those in support of the amendment include:[1]

  • State Bar of Arizona

Arguments in favor of the amendment include:[1]

  • Allowing the people to be more involved in the judicial system will garner more respect for the law and the administration of justice.
  • The justice system will be more accountable to the people if this proposition passes.
  • The proposition will require a public performance evaluation process for all justices and judges seeking to be retained in office.


Arguments in opposition of the amendment include:[1]

  • The merit system has produced high quality judges in the superior court and appellate courts.
  • The proposition will give people with little law training more authority over the judicial appointment process.
  • The state and county bar associations conduct thorough evaluations of judges and justices.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 State of Arizona 1992 Ballot Proposition voting guide
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.