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Increase in judicial retirement age fails

The proposal to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 appears to be dead for the year.

The Courts of Justice Committees in both houses approved an increase, although the House committee lowered it to 73 in HB 783. However, on Monday the full House rejected the final draft of the bill. And yesterday, the Senate carried SB 19 over until next year after adopting it on a 22-18 vote on Monday and then reconsidering it and passing it by for the day.

The Virginia Judicial Council had sought the change. Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, carried the bill in the Senate and Del. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott, was the chief patron in the House.

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