Ginsburg dismisses court packing and term limits for Supreme Court justices

Ginsburg dismisses court packing and term limits for Supreme Court justices

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools Equal Rights Amendment will replace equality with enforced sameness SCOTUS 'TRAP law' case and the erosion of abortion rights MORE on Tuesday dismissed proposals to pack the court and put term limits on justices, two controversial ideas for reforming the Supreme Court.

"Nine seems to be a good number. It's been that way for a long time," Ginsburg said, speaking to NPR.

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"I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court," Ginsburg noted.

In 1937, Roosevelt proposed expanding the court to as many as 15 judges in a plan that was delayed by a Senate committee. At the time it was speculated that Roosevelt's proposal put political pressure on the justices in cases before the court.

Ginsburg in the interview also dismissed the idea of term limits for justices, a concept that gained renewed bipartisan interest late last year amid concerns over the health of older justices. 

"Our Constitution is powerfully hard to amend," Ginsburg said, noting it calls for life terms for federal judges.