Virginia: last year’s House/Senate fight over mandatory judicial retirement age might be over; House votes 99-0 to increase age for all judges

A plan to increase the mandatory judicial retirement age for all Virginia judges passed the House yesterday, possibly the end of a decade-long process to increase mandatory retirement ages for all judges in the state.

Virginia spent the better part of 9 years debating whether or not to increase its mandatory retirement age. In 2016 the disagreement involved which judges would be eligible. The Senate wanted all judges to see an increase from 70 to 73. The House insisted on a three-tiered plan that was ultimately enacted (HB 1984 / SB 1196 of 2015)

  • all appellate judges effective July 1, 2015 would get the increase to 73
  • trial judges elected or appointed after July 1, 2015 would get the increase to 73
  • trial judges elected or appointed prior to July 1, 2015 would still have to retire at 70

The House yesterday unanimously approved HB 1245 which repeals the 2015 three-tier plan entirely and provides all judges, whenever elected or appointed would be eligible for increase in the retirement age.

The bill now goes to the Senate.