Today is our first full today of committee hearings. I appeared this morning at 8 a.m. in front of the Courts of Justice Committee on SB 740, a bill to move the mandatory retirement age of Virginia judges from 70 to 73.
The bill does a couple things: first of all, it saves money for the judicial system because we can continue to employ a qualified full-time judge, rather than hiring a new judge (at full salary) and paying the retiree’s pension at the same time.
Secondly, it allows us to retain qualified judges who have reached seventy years old but are still willing and able to work full-time. In some cases, these judges are the chief judges of the Circuit and represent most the institutional knowledge.
If a judge is not doing the job or should retire, we can always decline to re-elect him, when his term is over. The Assembly retains that power regardless.
The Committee passed my bill out this a.m. on a voice vote. It goes to Finance, then will get to the floor later this session.