Time to drop arbitrary age to retire judges

Today, life expectancy is much longer and people, especially those with higher education who enjoy their work and derive great personal satisfaction from contributing their knowledge and talents to the world around them, aren’t eager to be put out to pasture.

And with the longer life expectancy and better health, people need incomes that keep abreast with their desire to travel, engage in hobbies and enjoy life to the fullest — something that for many requires earning an income for a longer period.

Against this backdrop, it’s time for federal politicians to rethink the concept of making capable and experienced judges retire at an arbitrarily set age. By all means, require proof of competency if a jurist wishes to continue past age 75, but that should be based on the individual, not on some preconceived notion of age-related ability.

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