Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook, who presides over the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked lawyers and judges to be on the lookout for aging, cranky, deteriorating judges who might need a call from the top judicial officer in the circuit.

“I urge all of you — judges and lawyers alike — to keep in mind that you are the chief judge’s eyes and ears in dealing with any issues that may develop,” Easterbrook told some 400 lawyers and judges attending a lunch at the 7th Circuit Bar Association’s annual meeting this week in Chicago.