The Arizona Supreme Court says a new state law changing the nominating process for appeals court judges is unconstitutional.
The high court said in a ruling Friday that the law directly conflicts with the state Constitution and cannot be enforced.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2600 in April. The bill co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Justin Pierce of Mesa increased the minimum number of nominees for each appellate court vacancy to five from the current constitutional requirement of three.
Four members of a state judicial nominating commission sued, saying it changed the Constitution without voter approval. Attorneys for the state called the changes minor and urged the high court to uphold the law.
The bill was introduced just months after voters rejected an overhaul of the state's judicial nominating process.
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