Report: N.Y. ends 'double-dipping' for older judges

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 23, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York's court system has ended the practice of "double-dipping" for older judges.

According to the New York Daily News, the court system's administrative board ruled last Wednesday that judges over the age of 70 will no longer be able to collect a salary and pension simultaneously.

In particular, those judges will not be recertified to stay on the bench, the newspaper reported.

The decision came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a former attorney general, raised the issue at an editorial board meeting with the Daily News last week.

Cuomo was concerned with the practice in light of a proposal to amend the state's constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age to 80 for state Court of Appeals judges and Supreme Court justices.

The New York Constitution currently requires all state judges to retire at age 70.

Judges of the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, and justices of the state's main trial court, the Supreme Court, may serve for up to six years after retirement so long as court administrators certify every two years that the judge's services are necessary to expedite the business of the court, and he or she is mentally and physically able and competent to perform the full duties of the office.

Proposal 6 will be on the state's Nov. 5 ballot.

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