Will increasing the retirement age for judges to 75 solve the current recruitment crisis faced by the judiciary?
Although it may help alleviate the problem in the short-term, the judiciary's dilemma will require more proactive measures to attract new recruits. One suggestion was to create a course dedicated to preparing students for a career as a judge.
From a PR professional's point of view, it seems that the judiciary needs an effective marketing campaign to clarify its key messages and show young lawyers why they would want to apply to be a judge - which may, in turn, raise awareness of the importance of the judiciary as a whole.
Britain’s most senior judge is pressing for members of the judiciary to be allowed to sit beyond 70 to tackle a problem of recruitment. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, 69, president of the Supreme Court, told the Lords constitution committee yesterday that he had urged that the limit be returned to 75. He said: “I have been for some time pressing for changes to the age limit. “It’s a bit odd that it’s being reduced [from the previous limit] at the time retirement ages elsewhere are going up. And the problem of recruitment means that if you are going to get first-class [applicants], they are probably going to be rather older than at present.”