Justice Miscellaneous (Increasing Judicial Retirement Age) Bill 2021

The Tasmanian Government is seeking public comment on its intention to introduce legislation that will increase the mandatory retirement age for judges and magistrates from 72 to 75.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the courts are best placed to administer justice according to law.

The increase of the age of judicial retirement will support the courts’ ability to operate effectively, retain valuable institutional knowledge longer from our most experienced judges and magistrates, and aid in progressing the backlogs arising from COVID-19.

It also recognises that Tasmanians are living and working for longer than they were in 2005, when the retirement age was last increased.

The Justice Miscellaneous (Increasing Judicial Retirement Age) Bill 2021 will provide for amendments to the Supreme Court Act 1887, the Supreme Court Act 1959, and the Magistrates Court Act 1987.

Justice Miscellaneous (Increasing Judicial Retirement Age) Bill 2021

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at www.justice.tas.gov.au.

Submissions will be published once consideration of the submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact haveyoursay@justice.tas.gov.au or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Submissions

The submissions received are now available below, other than those submissions, or parts of submission, which the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy provides are not for publication. That includes submissions from exempt bodies; duplicate or updated submissions, personal, sensitive or offensive or defamatory information; information the submitter requested be confidential; information that does not substantively comment on relevant issues; or that would be exempt under the Right to Information Act 2009 or contrary to the Personal Information Protection Act 2004.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.