The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has today announced that the judicial mandatory retirement age will increase from 70 to 75 for judges, magistrates and coroners.

The change comes after the conclusion of the consultation on Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age (MRA) in October 2020. The announcement signals the first change in MRA for 27 years, needed to ‘reflect increases in life expectancy, societal changes and the demands on our courts and tribunals’. 

The MoJ stated that most responses to the consultation were in favour of raising the MRA, though views differed on whether the MRA should be 72 or 75. However, it said that increasing the MRA give judicial officeholders greater flexibility in both when th...

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