Judges Retirement Plan

The Judges Plan covers a judge or justice in courts established by the Minnesota Constitution. The Judges Plan provides retirement, survivor, and disability coverage.

Once retired, a judge will receive a monthly retirement benefit for life with potential post-retirement increases. Depending on the option selected at retirement, the judges' survivor(s) may be eligible to receive a lifetime survivor benefit upon the judge's death.

Tiers
Effective July 1, 2013, the Judges Plan has two tiers. The appointment or election date determines your tier.

TIER 1
Judge first appointed/elected
before July 1, 2013

TIER 2
Judge first appointed/elected
after June 30, 2013

Contribution Rate, Employee - 9%            
Contribution Rate, Employer -
22.5%
 

Contribution Rate, Employee - 7%
Contribution Rate, Employer - 22.5%

Normal Retirement Date
Date judge attains age 65

Normal Retirement Date
Date judge attains age 66

Retirement Formula
3.2% multiplied by the number of years and fractions of years of allowable service, and then multiplied by final average compensation. The maximum percentage of 76.8% coincides with the allowable service credit limit of approximately 24 years.*

Retirement Formula
2.5% multiplied by the number of years and fractions of years of allowable service and then multiplied by final average compensation. There is no service credit limit for judges covered by Tier 2.


* Once the 24 year limit has been reached, the Judge is covered under the Unclassified Retirement Plan.