Balanced courts
Our courts are in danger.

With a 6-3 Republican supermajority, the Supreme Court is exceptionally susceptible to partisan bias and special interests. Without real change, we risk losing our ability to moderate or block policies that suppress the right to vote—endangering our entire democracy.

Congress can change the number of Supreme Court justices at any time with simple legislation, and has done so several times throughout American history. Now, top Democrats have introduced a bill that adds four new seats to restore ideological balance. By passing this legislation and introducing term limits for Supreme Court justices, we can begin the work necessary to depoliticize our courts.

In practice

It's time to to add four seats to the Supreme Court.

Adding four seats to the Supreme Court ends the Republican supermajority threatening to undermine our democratic systems, restoring partisan balance to an institution designed to sit outside party lines.

It wouldn't be a new move, either—the number of Supreme Court Justices changed six times before settling at the present total of nine in 1869.

It's time to create term limits for Supreme Court Justices.

Creating term limits for Supreme Court justices depoliticizes our court system, ensuring that no one party can exert undue influence over our judicial branch just by coincidental virtue of being in power when a vacancy occurs.
Support balanced courts.

The Brennan Center

The Brennan Center works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country's systems of democracy and justice.

Demand Justice

Demand Justice empowers citizens to organize around our nation’s courts and prevent them from devolving into just another tool of economic and social oppression.

Fix the Court

Fix the Court champions much-needed Supreme Court reform, with an emphasis placed on establishing term limits for justices.


The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is the authoritative source for court information and services.
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