The qualities and experience required of a judge of the High Court are different from those required of a justice of the peace. Moreover, judges are normally appointed at a later age than magistrates. My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor, is, therefore, satisfied that it would not be appropriate for their retiring ages to be the same. He is, however, keeping this matter under consideration.
What evidence has the right hon. and learned Gentleman to show that chairmen of magistrates become more senile than judges? Since many chairmen of magistrates are still very active mentally, will he please alter this decision?
—which was taken by my noble Friend. He announced that he was proposing to reduce the maximum age limit from 75 to 70 in his presidential address to the Magistrates' Association in August of last year, and the Association accepted his decision.