Many States Reconsider Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age, Typically 70


Legislatures in at least 10 states are considering raising or eliminating the mandatory retirement age for judges, reports Stateline. Proponents say the old standard of retirement at age 70 is outdated. “The age 70 of today is not the age 70 of 1965,” says Arkansas Judge David Guthrie, who is supporting a bill that would change state law there. In Virginia, Sen. John Chapman “Chap” Petersen sponsored a bill to raise the retirement age from 70 to 73 because. And Pennsylvania judges are claiming age discrimination in lawsuits over the mandatory retirement age of 70 there.

Thirty-three states have a mandatory retirement age, according to data collected by the National Center for State Courts, and most set it between 70 and 75. Vermont judges don't have to retire until they're 90. On the federal bench, there is no mandatory retirement age, and about 12 percent of judges serve well into their 80s, according to a survey by ProPublica.

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