LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a resolution Friday stating its opposition to ending judicial elections in the state.
The court’s five returning justices and two incoming justices said in the resolution they would oppose switching from electing justices and judges to choosing through a selection process, which would require an amendment to the state constitution. The issue could be a topic in the legislative session that begins Jan. 9.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he thinks it is time to reconsider how judges in Arkansas are chosen. Asked Friday about the court’s resolution, he said he “thought it was a little unusual that they commented on a political matter, but that’s their prerogative.”
Outside groups spent more than $1 million on two Arkansas Supreme Court races this year. In both races, the candidates favored by the outside groups won.
A proposed constitutional amendment to replace elections with a selection process for state Supreme Court justices failed to receive enough support in the Legislature to be referred to voters last year.