Alex Steil

Amending Article III

This policy proposal is separated into three areas: first, highlighting the need for judicial change, at all; second, exploring past examples to find effective ways of amending the judiciary, using a code of ethics as a case study; and, third, a full amendment to Article III of the United States Constitution. The amendment focuses on seven additions to Article III: (1) defining good behaviour, (2) requiring only an odd number of justices, with just 5-9 sitting on the Supreme Court, (3) applying court precedent and preventing a prescription of judicial outcomes, (4) preventing the Vice-President to be a tie-breaker in divided nominations, (5) providing steps of collegial discharge from the judiciary, (6) instituting a code of ethics, and (7) applying court precedent and implementing judicial review.