The present time is an unusual one for the judiciary. The effect of the reduction of the retirement age for judges to 70 is that a substantial number of judges are coming up to retirement. Of particular interest to this audience is the fact that Eady J will reach statutory retirement age in a few months and I will do so in 2 years time. This information, and the other information I shall mention in this talk is publicly available on the judiciary website:
As a consequence of these judges’ retirements, the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has announced that on 17 October 2012 it is expecting to launch a selection exercise for High Court Judges. Other selection exercises cannot be long delayed.