Magistrates: Age

Justice written question – answered am ar 8 Ebrill 2010.

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Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Llafur, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons upper age limits for magistrates are in place.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Magistrates retire on reaching the age of 70, as this is the statutory retirement age for judicial office holders.

It is vital the magistrates reflect the diverse communities they serve. Over 80 per cent. of magistrates are over 50 and the average age is 57. The contribution of magistrates of all ages is invaluable. However, increasing the retirement age for magistrates would take them out of line with other judicial offices and hinder work to redress the age imbalance by reducing the number of available vacancies.

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