Supreme Court Votes Against Proposal to Increase Retirement Age of Judges

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Last Update: 10:33

On Wednesday the administrative plenary of the Supreme Court voted against a proposal by the court’s President Vasiliki Thanou to extend the retirement age for judges and prosecutors beyond the current limit of 67.

The question they were called to vote on was: “Is there a need to increase the retirement age of judges, as stated in the Constitution of 1975, to protect the constitutional principles of independence and life-tenure which protect judges and which have been surpassed due to the increased life expectancy, social reality as well as legislative and other developments?”

With 40 votes in favor and 25 against, the judges decided there is no need to extend it and that the Constitution does not allow the extension.

The dissenting 25 judges commented that although increasing the retirement age is needed the present proposal by Thanou is not the correct answer.

Source: ANA-MPA

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