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Judiciary: Retirement

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the mandatory retirement age is for (a) judges and (b) Law Lords. (139492)

For all judges first appointed to judicial office on or after 31 March 1995 the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 provides that the normal retirement age is 70. The Act also contains transitional provisions for those judges first appointed to a judicial office before that date which provide for them to retain their pre-existing retirement age. That age depends upon the office held, generally being either age 70, the completed year of service after the 72nd birthday or age 75. For Law Lords, the retirement age under these transitional provisions is 75.

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what procedures are in place for magistrates who wish to continue to work over the age of 70-years-old. (139493)

There are no procedures for former magistrates to continue to serve beyond their statutory retirement at 70.