A constitutional amendment trying to raise judges retirement age
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A constitutional amendment trying to raise judges retirement age


In commitment 2014 news– We continue our look at the constitutional amendments you’ll find on the ballot. Currently judges MUST retire at 70. One amendment seeks to RAISE THAT AGE. 9 The question reads: Shall the mandatory retirement age for all state court justices and judges be increased from seventy to eighty years of age? 4:48 it really makes no sense. and no one that Im aware of believes any more that people become presumptively incompetent at a certain age.5:01 across the board. There are incompetent people at the age of 50 a there are 90 years olds who who should continue to do their job until they drop 515 Retired supreme court justice Steven Levinson points to federal judges Sam King and Martin Pence who tried cases well beyond their 80s He says there is a system in place to catch potential problems—- judges are evaluated every 2-3 years. They must also reapply once their term is up. And, he says…. the chief justice can and has stepped in before. Besides the competency issue… Others opposed to the amendment say the current age of 70 opens the door to “new blood”. Levinson says there is already natural turnover: 10:55-11;11 of the 49 judges who have retired since 2002 49 since 2002 only 7 of them stayed until they were 70 years old. Remember a BLANK VOTE is counted as a NO VOTE. That’s for all Constitutional amendments. By the way Levinson retired at the age of 62 — after nearly 20 years as a circuit court judge and associate

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