Senate votes to raise judicial retirement age

Indiana appellate judges could serve until age 80 under a bill that cleared the Indiana Senate Thursday.

Senators voted 27-20 to move Senate Bill 12 to the House of Representatives for consideration. Current law mandates that Indiana Supreme Court justices and judges of the Court of Appeals must retire from the bench at age 75.

The bill would apply only to judges who are appointed or retained in office after a law is enacted raising the mandatory retirement age.

Bill author Sen. Earline Rogers, D- Gary, said some of her constituents have suggested that a double standard exists, since there is no mandatory retirement age for legislators.

The mandatory retirement age of 75 will next apply to Justice Brent Dickson, who must retire from the bench in July of 2016 under current law.

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