Union slams proposal to extend judges’ age limit


The Union of Judges and Prosecutors has criticized a proposal by Supreme Court President Vassiliki Thanou that the age limit for Greek judges be extended beyond the current maximum of 67 years.

In a statement Wednesday, the union said the proposal, put forward by the 66-year-old Thanou during talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday, “is scary, primarily because of the ease and the unbelievable frivolity with which an attempt is made to overcome constitutional barriers.”

The Greek constitution stipulates that top judicial officials must retire at the age of 67.

Earlier Wednesday, New Democracy opposition said a decision to extend the age limit would be “unthinkable.”