Update to the profession: Fee-paid judicial pensions - reminder of deadlines

11 August 2014

The Ministry of Justice has published three updates on its intentions relating to the payment of fee-paid judicial pensions.

These updates can be found here:

It is likely to be in fee paid claimants' interests to make contact with the Ministry of Justice with the details of their claim as soon as possible. Please contact the Judicial Pay Claims team.

Interim payments in lieu of pension to offset delay

From 1 July 2014, the MoJ invites eligible current and retired fee-paid judicial office holders in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to apply for an interim payment in lieu of pension to offset the delay for claimants who have already retired or who will retire before the implementation of a new judicial pension scheme.

Current and retired judicial office holders are eligible if:

(i) they hold or held one of the eligible offices in the list at Annex A of the 1 July 2014 update; and

(ii) they satisfy any of the following three conditions:

(a) they retired before 2 December 2012 and presented a claim to the Tribunal within three months of the date of their appointment ending, which included a claim that they were entitled to a pension under the Part-time Worker (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000; or

(b) they retired on or after 2 December 2012; or

(c) they will retire before 31 March 2015.

If you are an eligible fee-paid judicial office holder and wish to receive an interim payment in lieu of pension, you should register your request with the Judicial Pay Claims (JPC) team by e-mail.

Further information is available in the 1 July 2014 update

Compensation from 7 April 2000 to 2 January 2014

The Miller v Ministry of Justice Employment Tribunal decision on 2 January 2014 provided for payments in limited circumstances for: training fee, divisor, the daily fee in the Employment Tribunal and Social Entitlement Chamber, the writing up fee in the Social Entitlement Chamber, London weighting, sick pay and any working time claims.

If you are a fee-paid judicial office holder and you:

(i) have not issued legal proceedings,

(ii) consider that they meet the conditions set out in the Miller v Ministry of Justice judgment for any of the above categories of pay claim, in relation to a period prior to 2 January 2014, and

(iii) either you are current judicial office holders or your appointment ended on or after 4 March 2013,

then you should register any request for compensation by e-mail with the Judicial Pay Claims team before 30 September 2014.

Further information is available in the 1 July 2014 update.

Further information         

If you require any further information about fee-paid judicial pensions please
contact the Judicial Pay Claims team.