NJ High Court To Consider Recall Of Retired Judges

By Joshua Alston (October 30, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of New Jersey has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of recalling judges older than the statutorily mandated retirement age in an appeal from a defendant who said his criminal trial was officiated by a judge whose age barred his service.

According to an order released Thursday, New Jersey's high court will consider whether its ability to recall judges for temporary service, irrespective of age, conflicts with the state constitution, which requires Superior Court judges to retire at 70. The issue of first impression comes courtesy of James Buckner, whose trial in Morris County Superior Court on counts...

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