Update: Panel want N.J. judges’ retirement age to remain consistent

    Regulators are set to discuss a proposal increasing the mandatory retirement for New Jersey’s judges and Supreme Court justices.

    The state’s Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission meets Friday to consider a bill allowing jurists to serve until age 75. That’s five years longer than the current mandatory retirement age of 70.

    Update, 3 p.m. The panel has recommended the retirement age for judges remain uniform, allowing jurists to serve until age 75. But the panel says the retirement age should not be increased until it’s approved for all.

    Judges would remain eligible for retirement benefits after 10 years on the bench.

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    The change requires legislative approval and would require voters to back a constitutional amendment.

    The bill is being sponsored in the Assembly, but has not yet had a hearing.

    Sen. Nick Scutari, who chairs the Senate Judiciary panel, says there is no companion bill in the upper house.

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