A Comparative Assessment of the Politics of Judicial Retirement in Canada and the United Kingdom

27 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2012 Last revised: 21 Aug 2012

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Tajuana Massie

South Carolina State University

Kirk A. Randazzo

University of South Carolina

Donald R. Songer

University of South Carolina

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In this study, we test theories of judicial retirement developed in the U.S. to study analogous patterns of retirement in the top appellate courts in the countries of Canada and the United Kingdom. In particular, we explore the relative importance of personal, institutional and political factors on the decision of a judge to retire from judicial service. Using survival analysis to examine the career patterns of all judges appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada (1875-2012), as well as the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom (1875-2009), we find that these judges either choose to stay on the court as long as possible (i.e., until they die or reach mandatory retirement age) or they retire for personal reasons.

Keywords: courts, retirement, Canada, United Kingdom

Suggested Citation

Massie, Tajuana and Randazzo, Kirk A. and Songer, Donald R., A Comparative Assessment of the Politics of Judicial Retirement in Canada and the United Kingdom (2012). APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2107438

Tajuana Massie (Contact Author)

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Kirk A. Randazzo

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Donald R. Songer

University of South Carolina ( email )

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