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   Death Benefits Information  


Death Benefit

Your eligible survivors, beneficiaries, or estate may qualify for death benefits.

The survivor benefit is reduced by any amounts received under the Workers’ Compensation Act or Occupational Diseases Act.

Death Before Retirement

If you die while a judge and have at least 18 months of service credit, your survivors will be eligible for the survivor’s benefit.

If you die after termination of service, but before receiving a retirement annuity, you must have at least 10 years of service credit for your spouse to qualify for the survivors’ benefit.

If you die with no qualified survivors, your named beneficiary or estate will receive all of your JRS contributions.


Death After Retirement

If you die with no qualified survivors while receiving a permanent disability benefit or after retirement, your named beneficiary or estate will receive your total contributions, less any benefits paid.


Your Surviving Spouse

If you are survived by your spouse age 50 or over, and you were married for at least one year prior to your death, (s)he will receive a survivor’s benefit.

A surviving spouse under age 50 can receive a survivor’s benefit if (s)he supports your unmarried children under age 18 (22 if full-time student), or a disabled child over age 18. This benefit is payable until the last child reaches age 18 (22 if full-time student), marries, dies or is no longer disabled.

At that point, the benefit is suspended until (s)he reaches age 50.


Your Surviving Children

Unmarried children under age 18 (22 if full-time student), or disabled child over age 18, can receive a survivor’s benefit. Adopted children of at least six months prior to your death have the same status as your biological children. Your child may apply for the survivor’s benefit, even if you did not contribute to the survivor’s annuity benefit.


Annual Survivor Increase

The survivor benefit is increased 3% each January 1 following the first full year of receiving this benefit. If the deceased member was an annuitant, the 3% increase is effective on January 1 after the benefit began.

Amount of Survivors’ Annuity
Death in Service
Death After Termination or Retirement
Your Spouse
7.5% of salary or 66 2/3% of earned retirement annuity, whichever is greater
66 2/3% of earned retirement annuity
Your Eligible Childeren
5% of salary for each child with a max. for all childeren of 20% of salary, or 66 2/3% of earned pension whichever is greater
5% of salary for each child with a max. for all childeren of 20% of salary, or 66 2/3% of earned pension, whichever is greater

Non-Occupational Death Benefit

Death Before Retirement
Death After Retirement
Your Surviving Spouse
Your Survivng Children
Annual Survivor Increase
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