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Judge Tonio Mallia is the first judge to avail himself of a Constitutional amendment allowing members of the judiciary to postpone their retirement by three years, Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis has confirmed.
Previously, judges and magistrates were constrained to retire at the age of 65, but Parliament unanimously agreed on amending the Constitution to allow them to choose to retire at 68 instead.
The revised Article 100 of the Constitution still allows judges and magistrates to retire at 65, but they may now choose to confirm their intention to stay on for three more years.
The amendment became law on 17 November, just 12 days before Judge Mallia’s 65th birthday would have otherwise forced his retirement.
Instead, as Zammit Lewis confirmed in reply to a parliamentary question by government whip Glenn Bedingfield, the veteran judge informed Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti that he will continue serving for three more years.
The minister also confirmed that two other judges may retire on their 65th birthday next year, while three other judges turn 65 on 2022.