Senate Bill 656 - Judicial Retirement System

February 12, 2018

Fact Sheet (pdf)

Bill Text


This bill Judicial Retirement System II reform bill would let judges leave the bench earlier, with the requirement that they defer their pension until their eligible date and take a proportional reduction. 

Issue Background:

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). 



Eric Dietz, Policy Consultant, (916) 651-4037