This bill to reform the Judicial Retirement System II would let judges leave the bench earlier, with the requirement that they defer their pension until their eligible date and, in many cases, take a proportional reduction based on fewer years of service credit.
This bill would allow a judge who has worked on the bench for at least five years to receive a defined benefit, but only after reaching 70 years of age. The bill also would allow a judge with at least 20 years of service to receive a defined benefit upon reaching age 65. No judge receives a larger pension, nor does any judge receive a defined benefit payout any sooner, than if the judge had remained on the bench to the mandatory minimum retirement age of 65 (with 20 or more years of service) or age 70 (with five or more years of service).
- Alliance of California Judges (sponsor)