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Magistrates: Retirement

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the retirement age for magistrates to 75 years of age.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In our response to the Justice Select Committee’s report on the Role of the Magistracy on 30 October 2019, we stated that we were positively considering the implications of raising the mandatory retirement age for judges and magistrates and would consult publicly on this in due course. Any change to the mandatory retirement age will require primary legislation.

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