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Virginia's judicial retirement age raised by three years

After many years of trying, lawmakers have finally raised the mandatory retirement age for state judges from 70 from 73. In the recent legislative session, the bill, sponsored by Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, overwhelmingly passed both chambers. It passed the Senate 28-10 on Feb. 5 and passed the House of Delegates 83-10 on Feb. 27. Under the new rule, state judges — in circuit court, general district court and juvenile and domestic relations district court — "shall be retired" within 20 days of the first regular General Assembly session "following his seventy-third birthday." The House attempted to amend the bill to say it didn't apply...

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