Judges to sue government over pensions


Judges Threaten to sue government!

Taken from :- The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association
Some 400 judges have taken an unprecedented first step towards suing the Government over changes to their pensions that effectively amounts to a pay cut.They have sent a letter to the Lord Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, warning that if he proceeds with the controversial plans, they will challenge him in the courts.The action by the judges, who have instructed the international law firm Clifford Chance to send the “letter before action”, gives ministers 14 days to respond before legal proceedings are launched.It comes despite efforts by senior judges to negotiate behind the scenes to prevent the dispute escalating into what would be a ground-breaking legal action, pitching the judiciary against ministers.A judge would have to be found who was regarded by all sides as as sufficiently impartial and robust to hear a case brought by his judicial colleagues.This week the Ministry of Justice went ahead with laying regulations that will see judges make a contribution to their own pensions for the first time from April.From April, judges who have not accrued full pensions benefits will pay 1.28% of their salary to fund their pension pot, a sum of around £137 a month for circuit judges in crown courts. The sum will rise in 2012 and 2014.The Ministry of Justice said that the move will reap £7 million of savings to the taxpayer. For a crown court judge on a salary of £128,296 the contributions would amount to £1,642 a year.But judges, who include district judges, High Court costs judges, tribunal and employment judges, are furious that the contracts on which they took up their posts are being changed.They say that the changes are unlawful, unconstitutional — encroaching on judicial independence — and a breach of contract.They say that taken over time, the cut to pay and pension combined could amount to £200,000.Kenneth Clarke said in a written statement to Parliament that the rises in judicial contributions are in line with those for other public service pension schemes, aimed at saving £2.8 billion a year by 2014/15.A Ministry of Justice spokesman added: “These changes will see judges contribute towards their own pension for the first time, creating up to £7 million in savings for taxpayers.“Lord Hutton’s Independent Public Service Pensions Commission has concluded there is a clear rationale for public servants to contribute more towards their pension costs so they remain fair to taxpayers and employees, and affordable for the country — this includes judicial pension schemes.”


Enough said




4 thoughts on “Judges to sue government over pensions

  1. The thing is if they win their action then maybe we should consider a similar class action. Fed could represent a sample group of officers. After all I personally consider that I was mis sold a pension twice. Once when I opened it with the promise of 30 yrs only. ( now broken) and the second time when I didn’t transfer to the 2006 scheme as I was told it wasn’t worth it as I could retire earlier if I stayed where I was. (now shown to be false)

  2. Reblogged this on thinnerblueline and commented:
    It looks like we need to employ some judges in the rest of the Private sector…. we will need to watch this case with great interest.

  3. Well nice of them to speak up when it was our pensions being affected! To be fair they should contribute to their own pensions especially when they make that much a year! 1.28% is bliss compared to 14.25!!!! And people say we were unjustified in complaining about it! They should come sue for us!

  4. As a serving police officer of 18 years who has always paid 11% toward my pension and by 2015 will be paying 15% I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for someone in 128k a year who has never paid toward their pension pot. I do however agree that if you joined an organisation under certain conditions, then it is not right that they can be changed at the drop of a hat.

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