Plans to expand Arizona Supreme Court from 5 to 7 and Georgia Supreme Court from 7 to 9 advance

Plans to expand the Arizona and Georgia Supreme Courts have recently advanced.

On February 18, the Georgia House approved HB 927 which would expand that state’s court of last resort from 7 to 9 members on July 1, 2016. The proposal would allow the state’s governor to name the two new justices for interim appointment, subject to a nonpartisan election in 2018.

On February 24 the Arizona House approved HB 2537 which would expand that state’s court of last resort from 5 to 7 members, with an effective date sometime this summer. The new justices would be subject to the state’s merit/commission based selection process.

Both bills now head for their respective senates.