Following sight of an Opinion written by Robin Allen QC for a group of concerned Circuit Judges, (CJs), the Ministry of Justice wrote to all judges today to invite those who held part-time office before the 31st March 1995 and subsequently became full time judges to get in touch to make arrangements to extend their retirement age to the end of the completed year of service in which they attain the age of 72.
The Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 had reduced the retirement age for judges to 70 from that date but made an exception of those judges who were in full-time salaried office, who continued with their previous retirement ages. Many judges now holding salaried FT office as CJs were then Recorders and so not eligible under the 1993 Act. They are now approaching 70 and are watching colleagues continue to be able to work. Following Robin’s Opinion that the 1993 Act discriminated against these formerly part-time judges, the Lord Chancellor has now agreed that they should all be treated in the same way and continue to work up to the end of the completed year of service in which they attain the age of 72.
The MOJ proposes to bring forward legislation to give the same rights to a wider range of judges.