The Wisconsin Uniform Judicial Retirement Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1968 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.
This amendment modified Article VII, Section 24 of the Wisconsin Constitution to set a uniform retirement date for judges and justices.
| Question 1|
| Yes|| 734,046|| 77.31%|
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1970
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
"Shall section 24 of article VII of the constitution be amended to provide a uniform annual retirement date for supreme court justices and circuit judges of July 31st following attainment of retirement age, instead of the month of attaining retirement age? (Note--Supreme court justices and circuit judges now must retire at the end of the month of attaining retirement age. A "yes" vote on this amendment would provide a uniform retirement date of July 31st following attainment of retirement age for all such justices and judges and would allow time for calling an April election to choose a successor thereby effecting the transition to a new judge during the summer.)"
(Article VII) Section 24. No person seventy years of age or over may take office as a supreme court justice or circuit judge. No person may take or
hold such office unless he is licensed to practice law in this state and has been so licensed for five years immediately prior to his election or appointment. No supreme court justice or circuit judge may serve beyond the
end of the month in July 31 following the date on which he attains the age of seventy , but any such justice or judge may complete the term in which he is serving or to which he has been elected when this action takes effect. Any person retired under the provisions of this section may, at the request of the chief justice of the supreme court, serve temporarily, as a circuit judge and shall be compensated as the legislature provides. This section shall take effect on July first following the referendum at which it is approve. A person who has served eight or more years as a supreme court justice or circuit judge may serve temporarily, on appointment by the chief justice of the supreme court or by any associate justice designated by the supreme court, as a judge of a circuit court, under such general laws as the legislature may enact.
Path to the ballot
- First Legislative Approval: SJR 36 & JR 101 (1965)
- Second Legislative Approval: SJR 96 & JR 56 (1967)
- This amendment was proposed in combined legislation with Question 2.