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PAC says Judicial Accountability Act is illegally deceptive

Arizona Supreme Court building
Lauren Loftus/KJZZ
file | staff | This photo was in the library. TMAX 9/9/19
Arizona Supreme Court building.

A political group says the Judicial Accountability Act — a resolution passed by Republican state lawmakers — is illegally deceptive, and are asking a judge to throw it off the November ballot.

Justices appointed to the Supreme Court serve six year terms before voters get to decide whether to retain or oust them at the ballot.

A lawsuit filed by Progress Arizona says the Judicial Accountability Act is deceptively named because it eliminates accountability. If approved by voters, judges could end up serving indefinitely.

"We have seen them attempt to restrict the initiative process and now they are attempting to trick voters into giving up their ability to hold judges accountable. It is yet another attempt by lawmakers to throw out Arizonans’ votes," said Abigail Johnson with Progress Arizona.

“SCR 1044 was hastily conceived and sloppily written. It is misleading and fundamentally rewrites and alters Arizona’s model, merit based judicial selection system," Jackson said.

Separately, Progress Arizona has launched a campaign urging voters to reject the two Supreme Court justices on the ballot this November. Both ruled the state’s 1864 abortion ban was enforceable.

State lawmakers who voted to pass the resolution say it could help limit politics in the judicial system.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.