Commonwealth Policy Center

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced that he will retire. This sets up high drama for the nomination and confirmation process of that coveted position. This is because the US Supreme Court determines so much of US policy and the law, even though that was not the intention of our Founding Fathers. President Joe Biden promised before elected that he would nominate a black woman to fill any vacancy on the Supreme Court. Which brings up the question, what are the qualities we should look for in a Justice? First, they should uphold the US Constitution. Not read into the law, nor impose their policy preferences on the rest of us. They should, in other words, practice judicial restraint and respect individual rights. These are the things that should be primary in selecting a Supreme Court Justice and not a person’s gender or skin color.