I’ve mentioned on several occasions the Sisyphean efforts to get an increase to Virginia’s mandatory judicial retirement age, culminating in 22 pieces of legislation in the last 7 years on the subject (18 + 4 this year). This year, however a plan emerged to increase the age but with conditions I noted here related to judicial performance evaluation. It appears those conditions are meeting with at least some approval in committee.
The other two have a key difference. HB 279 initially kept the 70 retirement age, but allowed a judge to serve out the term they reached 70. The increase would only go into effect if the state’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Program was funded and implemented. A committee amendment changed that age from end-of-term-turn-70 to age 73. That version passed the House Courts of Justice Committee on 1/27/14 and is pending in an Appropriations subcommittee.
Meanwhile the Senate has approved a “clean” increase; SB 170 simply increases the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 73. The Senate approved it 31-8 on 1/27/14 and sent it to the House Courts of Justice Committee.