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Arizona Supreme Court

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The Arizona Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of Arizona. It consists of a Chief Justice, a Vice Chief Justice, and three Associate Justices. Each Justice is appointed by the Governor of Arizona from a list recommended by a bipartisan commission. Justices stand for retention in an election two years after their appointment and then every six years.[1] They must retire at age 70.

The Chief Justice is chosen for a five year term by the court, and is eligible for re-election. She supervises the administration of all the inferior courts. She is Chairman of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which nominates candidates to fill vacancies in the appellate courts. If the Governor fails to appoint one of the nominated candidates within sixty days of their names being submitted to her, the Chief Justice makes the appointment.

The Vice Chief Justice, who acts as Chief Justice in the latter's "absence or incapacity," is chosen by the court for a term determined by the court.[2]

The jurisdiction of the court is prescribed by Article VI, Section 5 of the Arizona Constitution.[3] A quorum is three, but the whole court must sit in order to declare a law unconstitutional.[4]

Arizona Supreme Court rulings on ballot measures

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Current members

The current Arizona Supreme Court includes:

External links

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