Wisconsin Judicial Qualifications and Retirement Amendment, Question 2 (April 1955)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Qualifications and Retirement Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 5, 1955 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

  • This amendment modified Article VII, Section 24 of the Wisconsin Constitution to place a law licensing requirement and set a retirement age of 70 for judges.[1]

Election results

Question 2
Approveda Yes 381,214 68.18%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1956

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 24 of Article VII of the state constitution be created so as to provide that no person 70 years old or older may take officr as supreme court justice or circuit judge; that no person may serve as such a justice or justice or judge unless he is and has been licensed to practice law in this state for 5 years immediately prior to his election or appointment; that no such justice or judge may serve beyond the month in which he attains the age of 70, except that he may complete the term which he is serving or to which he has been elected when this section takes effect; and that any person retired under this section may, at the request of the chief justice of the supreme court, serve temporarily as a circuit judge?"[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 6 & JR 46 (1953)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 10 & JR 14 (1955)[1]

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