Court upholds term-limits initiative |

Court upholds term-limits initiative

DENVER – A proposed constitutional amendment to impose 12-year term limits on judges of Colorado’s two highest courts cleared a key hurdle Monday as the state Supreme Court said the ballot language is not misleading, as critics have said.The ruling means voters will decide on the measure in November if backers gather the nearly 68,000 valid signatures of registered voters required.Backer John Andrews, a former president of the state Senate and an outspoken critic of judges he believes overstep their authority by creating new law rather than interpreting existing law, said that process would begin soon.The proposal would replace the current system of retention for justices and appeals court judges. Under existing law, they serve a provisional two-year term after they are appointed by the governor. After that, appeals court judges can stand for retention every eight years, and Supreme Court justices can stand for retention every 10 years. Retention questions are presented to voters on the general election ballot.

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