Retirement rumors continue to swirl around Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
Since there is no restriction on justices working and voting from home, Ginsburg can remain on the court as long as she wishes.
In recent years, critics have complained about the fact that Supreme Court justices get life tenure with no mandated retirement.
In essence, a justice could be completely disabled — but nothing could be done to remove them from the bench.
Ginsburg’s recent health problems have brought this question up again, but it is not the first time.
We have had several justices perform their duties well into their 80s and some that have had some rather challenging health issues.
Even so, they were permitted to remain on the court.
Time for Change
This is not just an issue with Ginsburg — critics on both sides of the aisle have felt this needs to be addressed in the near future.
Should there be mandatory retirement age or a limit on how many years someone can serve in the high court?
However, as life expectancies and medical advancements increase, where do we even think about drawing the line?
Anyone bringing the subject up these days is considered a death monger.
That is the case specifically because Ginsburg, a liberal-leaning judge, is the one currently in question.
However, rest assured, when a conservative-leaning justice faces health challenges in their 80s, these same questions will be brought up again.
Why not settle on the subject now?
Our elected representatives should be actively discussing this problem.
Give the current justices a waiver if need be, but settle the issue, one way or the other, once and for all.