§ Mr. McKEAG
asked the Attorney-General what is the age of retirement for Mis Majesty's judges, county court judges, stipendiary magistrates and justices of the peace?
There is no retiring age for judges of the Supreme Court or for justices of the peace. County court judges retire at the age of 72, but the Lord Chancellor may extend the period of service up to the age of 75. This does not apply, however, to a few judges who were appointed before the passing of the County Court Judges (Retirement and Deputies) Act, 1919, who have not accepted the provisions of that Act. Metropolitan Police magistrates retire at the age of 70, though it is within the discretion of the Home Secretary to retain any magistrate whose services are of exceptional value, until he attains the age of 72. There is no general rule for stipendiary magistrates in other parts of England and Wales.