Pa Senate Acts On Raising Judge Retirement Age

10.16.13 | Bob Price

Pennsylvania is a step closer to raising the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.  The State Senate approved legislation that already passed the house allowing for a constitutional amendment to raise the retirement age.  The effort now goes to the voters to decide in November of 2015. Supporters of mandatory retirement ages say it makes  room for “fresh blood” on the bench and that mental capabilities can deteriorate  with age. Opponents argue that age is arbitrary.  In 1968, when the mandatory retirement age was placed  in the Pennsylvania State constitution, life expectancy was 70.  today it’s 78.