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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Oklahoma Judicial Selection: Term Limits for Judges?

Member of the Oklahoma bar opposes bill by Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon to limit judges to 12 years on the bench.  My opinion is that 12 years is about right.  Ideally, starting about age 60 or 65 as the capstone to finish a distinguished career.  If the judge has kids, they're probably grown by then and the judge has moved into a different stage of life with more focus on his or her legacy for future generations.  I don't think a judge should be thinking about his or her next job.  After serving as a judge, should usually come retirement.

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