Judges: Retirement

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges.

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There are no plans to raise the mandatory retirement age of 70, which aims to strike a balance between allowing judges time to develop and progress and ensuring that career opportunities are also available for more recent appointments.

There is no general consensus, including amongst the judiciary, about whether the retirement age should be changed.

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