Judges Retirement Plan - Eligibility

Eligibility to collect a monthly retirement benefit (or what we call "vested") is based on your years of service.  You are eligible for monthly benefits after five or more years of service.


Normal Retirement

Early Retirement

Mandatory Retirement*

First elected/appointed as judge prior to July 1, 2013 (Tier 1)

Age 65

Age 60

Age 70

First elected/appointed as judge July 1, 2013 or after (Tier 2)

Age 66

Age 60

Age 70

* Benefits are reduced using an early retirement factor if retiring prior to normal retirement age.

**Judges with at least one year of service at mandatory retirement age can receive a benefit.