Judges Challenge Mandatory Retirement as Unconstitutional

, The Legal Intelligencer


Six judges, including some of the most prominent members of the Philadelphia bench, filed a lawsuit today in Commonwealth Court challenging as unconstitutional the requirement that all Pennsylvania justices and judges retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70.

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What's being said

  • Rust Belt Rob

    Being catered to and waited on hand and foot is habit forming and becomes more important as one ages. Lifetime tenure must look wonderful from that perspective! Better still, why not return to democracy and go back to the old way of electing our judges and stop this charade of having an election to retain them?

  • Joe C

    Did the plaintiff judges take an oath to uphold the PA Constitution? If so, how do they square this suit with that action? The answer probably lies in their dedication to their rights, not their responsibilities, suggesting that they may be worthy plaintiffs, though not judges.

  • EnoughisEnough

    Out with the old and in with the [k]new. Not stating all judges or justices at the age of 70 are disqualified but quite a majority maybe and should the people be forced to find out the hard way? Not quite. If not mandatory removal from office than the people should be given the opportunity to re-vote the jurist back in at the age of 70 concomitant with the PA Bar Association offering imput as to the judges ability to remain on the bench. Some sort of competency hearing with a physical or such other test should be given to ensure the jurist has the ability to remain on the bench for the sake of themselves or for the sake of the people.

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