The Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS)
The Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS)

The following Pensions practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS)
  • Statutory framework
  • Why was the FPJPS introduced?
  • Unregistered tax status
  • Governance
  • Eligibility
  • Accounting for periods of service before 7 April 2000
  • What about past fee-paid service in overlapping or concurrent appointments?
  • Contributions
  • Employer contributions
  • More...

FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT: The draft Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 amend the Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/522 (the FPJPS Regulations) with effect from 1 April 2021 in order to add specified judicial offices to the list of offices eligible for pension provision under the Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS) and, where relevant, clarify the date (the service limitation date) from which reckonable service is taken into account for the accrual of pension benefits under the FPJPS. (Note that an earlier iteration of these regulations in the form of the draft ‘The Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2017’ (and explanatory memorandum to these draft Regulations) was laid before Parliament on 29 November 2017, but it was withdrawn prior to debates because the service limitation dates for two judicial offices were incorrect by one day).

Therefore, the changes in the draft Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 are needed to ensure that the service limitation date is explicitly listed for some judicial offices already covered by the FPJPS Regulations, and to ensure that a FPJPS pension can be accrued and pension contributions deducted in respect of new judicial offices that are being added to the FPJPS Regulations.

The publication of the draft regulations follows the Ministry of Justice’s response in December 2020 to its consultation on changes to the
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