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Disability Benefits Information


If you become disabled and unable to perform the duties of your position, you may receive disability benefits at any age which will partially replace your working income.

Permanent Disability Benefits


Retirement Annuity for Permanent Disability

If you are permanently disabled, you may receive a retirement annuity if you have at least 10 years of pension credit (reciprocal service may be used) and your disability occurs while you are a judge.

The JRS Board of Trustees must determine if you are totally and permanently disabled and unable to perform your judicial position.


Applying For and Receiving Permanent Disability Benefits

You must apply for disability benefits in order to receive them. The application process requires you to obtain two physician’s reports certifying you as unable to perform the duties of your position, and sign a JRS medical release form.

Your permanent disability benefit equals your earned retirement benefit, and begins on the day following your removal from the payroll. You will receive a 3% increase on January 1 following your first full year of receiving a retirement annuity for permanent disability.

Temporary Disability Benefits

Temporary Total Disability Benefits

To qualify for this benefit, you must have at least two years of service as a judge, (can not use resiprocal service) and your disability occurs while you are a judge. The Board of Trustees must determine that you are totally disabled and temporarily unable to perform the duties of a judge.

While you are receiving temporary total disability benefits, your JRS account is credited with service as if you are working.

Applying For and Receiving Temporary Benefits

You must apply for disability benefits in order to receive them. The application process requires you to obtain two physician’s reports certifying that you are unable to perform the duties of your position, and sign a JRS medical release form.

Your disability benefit equals 50% of your salary at the time of the disability, and begins on the day following your removal from the payroll. Disability benefits are only payable until the end of your term in office.

Permanent Disability Benefit

Retirement Annuity for Permanent Disability
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Temporary Disability Benefit

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