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By Rosemary Pollock

75-year-old LDS Judge Chafes at Mandatory Retirement Law

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- 3rd District Court Judge, Homer Wilkinson will celebrate his 75th birthday on Saturday and become the first Utah state judge to be forced into retirement by a 1996 statute that capped judicial service at the age of 75. "I've worked all my life. It's what my life is all about," said Wilkinson. He declined to comment on the law, but said that it was a mistake for the Utah Supreme Court to have included "senior judges" under the forced retirement umbrella.

Utah Supreme Court Justice Richard Howe will be next in line for forced retirement, but will complete his current term at the end of December 2002 at the age of 78 due to a "grandfather clause." Supreme Court Justice Leonard Russon and Court of Appeals Judge Norman Jackson are next to hit the age ceiling. The mandatory retirement law is expected to stave off age-related disabilities.

Assistant Court Administrator Holly Bullen sees the number of judges remaining constant at 17 in spite of the new law. "We lost two [to the age cap] in December," she said. "However, we got two new ones."

"If you are alert, competent and in good health, it makes no sense for them not to use that experience," Wilkinson said. "Each judge should be evaluated on his own merits. Some judges who are 75 may be over the hill. I still feel vibrant. I still have energy."

Wilkinson first considered a legal career when he served a mission to six mid-Western states for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While on his mission, he discovered he enjoyed speaking in public and while talking to groups about his religion, he enjoyed "presenting my position to them."

Looking ahead, Wilkinson hopes to play more golf, take trips with his wife and vacation at their second home in St. George. Wilkinson will also consider a career as a legal mediator. "I can't get up and watch television every day. I've got to have something to do."


Forced by New Law to Retire, Judge Not Ready to Go
Salt Lake Tribune 22Jan01 P2
By Stephen Hunt: Salt Lake Tribune


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