Pennsylvania Justices Ask To Stay On Job Past 70 Years Old

03.29.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it would hear - and fast-track - a case that will determine if the justices, or any Pennsylvania judges, can serve on the bench past age 70. The court agreed to consider a challenge by Montgomery County Judge Arthur Tilson to the state constitution's requirement that judges retire in the calendar year in which they turn 70. The one-page order said oral argument would be held in Harrisburg in May, suggesting the matter could be resolved before the fall election. It's a matter of particular importance to Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who is running for retention this year but will turn 70 in 2014.