Revisit retirement age: Tossing competent judges is wrong
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Based on both his record and his background, we expect Gordon MacDonald will do a fine job as New Hampshire’s next chief justice. The current attorney general appears to have earned praise from across the legal and political communities.
It is a waste of valuable resources, however, that a retirement rule made more than 200 years ago continues to force so many fine justices to step down from service.
MacDonald would replace Robert Lynn, who became chief justice just two years ago. He turns 70 this year. He replaced Linda Dalianis. also forced into retirement. Likewise, associate justice Carol Ann Conboy was constitutionally required to give up her seat, which was another loss for New Hampshire justice.