It's not just Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia who are likely to die on the bench. Though those Supreme Court Justices are over 80, they've both steadfastly refused to consider retirement. They've got company. Many federal judges plan on hanging on to that gavel right to the end.
Since federal judges are appointed for life and must be impeached by Congress to be removed, their careers can last well into their twilight years. And while many remain sharp throughout that period, there are also concerns that an aging judiciary will lead to senile judges staying on the bench too long. In response, the Ninth Circuit has adopted a sophisticated senility awareness program to help judges recognize when it might be time to take a break from the bench.