238.500 to 238.585 created the PERS Judge Member Program, which allowed the transfer of all sitting judges covered under the Judges Retirement Fund to the Judge Member Program. It also allowed the transfer of district court judges who were previously considered regular PERS members. The Judge Member Program now automatically includes any judge of the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Oregon Tax Court, and Circuit Courts.
Generally, if you are a judge elected or appointed on or after January 1, 1984, you automatically become a judge member of PERS on the date you took office and are not subject to the original Judges Retirement System under ORS 1.314 to 1.380 (ORS 238.505(1)). As a judge member, you may retire pursuant to ORS 238.535(1)(a), referred to as "Plan A," or pursuant to ORS 238.535(1)(b), referred to as "Plan B."
If by reason of age you cannot make the required contributions during each of five calendar years at or before reaching 75 years of age (the mandatory retirement age for judges), you may not become a judge member. Any contributions remitted on your behalf will be sent back to your employer.
For more information regarding this program, please refer to the Judge Member's Handbook.
Questions? Contact the PERS Judge Member Coordinator: