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History of Reform Efforts: Rhode Island

Altering Selection Methods

The method of selecting judges is outlined in Rhode Island's. Life tenure for supreme court justices is also prescribed in the constitution. Any changes must occur through constitutional amendment, proposed with the approval of a majority of the members of the house of representatives and the senate. Proposed amendments are placed on the ballot at the next general election and become part of the constitution if ratified by a majority of voters. Life tenure for judges other than supreme court justices is established by statute.