Judges to claim pensions up to £2bn

By Julia Duke

10 July 2013 at 12:41 BST

Part-time judges are attempting to reap their public-sector pension benefits following court rulings.

Eight law firms represent judges making claims

The UK government may have to pay up to £2 billion in pensions for an approximate 8,000 part-time judges following a landmark ruling. As of now, more than 900 part time judges have filed claims to collect what they calculate to be owed to them, the Times reports although the Government is still disputing a number of the claims. 
The seven year battle between the Government and the Judges was brought to the fore with rulings in both the European Court of Justice and the Supreme Court where a case was taken by barrister and recorder Dermod O’Brien. Eight law firms will represent the judges, some on a no-win, no-fee deal. The Mail Online reported that a part-time judge, who has dedicated 25 years of service, could receive a judicial pension of £125,000 or £5,000 a year for 25 years.


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