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.
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.
The bill was sponsored by state legislators John Wisniewski, Joseph Malone, III, Bonnie Watson Coleman, John Burzichelli, Pamela Lampitt and Louis Greenwald.
- 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.
New Jersey Municipal Judge Appointment Amendment, Question 2 (2008)