I know of many former colleagues who were extremely upset at having been forced to step down on reaching the biblical three scores years and ten. For some know alls to be pressing for J.P.s to retire after ten years service is a display of crass ignorance. What specialised office rids itself of its most experienced practitioners after ten years? It would only be a viable option for those who contemplate the time when J.P.s are no longer sitting in court but are farmed out to lesser positions "in the community".
Thus it has come into my possession the authoritative answer from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to an inquiry that that compulsory retirement age might be unlawful. The response is copied below.