Without debate, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday refused to expand the Arizona Supreme Court from five to seven members.
Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch told committee members she did not understand the need for the change. She said the high court is "one of the entities of government that's actually current in our caseload.''
Berch also pegged the cost of two new justices and necessary staff and facilities at $1 million a year.
"Given this economic climate, it's just hard to justify this bill at this time,'' she said.