Pa. Justices Hear Challenges to Mandatory Judicial Retirement

, The Legal Intelligencer


Even though the Pennsylvania Constitution requires judges to retire in the year that they turn 70, the provision violates judges' fundamental rights, an attorney argued before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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  • Skip4law

    The Justices can hear the case without conflict under the rule of necessity doctrine.

  • What?

    "The issue could have an impact on the future of the state Supreme Court because four of the six justices who are currently sitting are set to reach the age of 70 in the next six years: Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justices Max Baer, J. Michael Eakin and Thomas G. Saylor."

    Is this not a conflict of interest? What if Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justices Max Baer, J. Michael Eakin and Thomas G. Saylor rule that the mandatory retirement issue is unconstitutional. Food for thought-

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