2004 Florida Statutes
Merger of the Judicial Retirement System into the Florida Retirement System Act.
(1) Any person who is elected or appointed to office in this state as Supreme Court justice, district court of appeal judge, or circuit judge on or after July 1, 1972, shall not be eligible for membership, rights, or any privileges under former chapter 123, the Judicial Retirement System, unless such justice or judge is already a member of said retirement system when elected or appointed to such office.
(2) Former chapter 123, the Judicial Retirement System, is hereby merged as a separate instrument appended to this chapter, the "Florida Retirement System Act," and the administration of said former chapter 123, the Judicial Retirement System, shall be merged into the administration of the Florida Retirement System.
(3) The rights of members of the Judicial Retirement System established by former chapter 123 shall not be impaired, nor shall their benefits be reduced, by virtue of any provision of this act or any provision of the Florida Retirement System Act, except that if a member of the Judicial Retirement System, otherwise eligible, elects, prior to June 30, 1973, to transfer to the Florida Retirement System, he or she shall be transferred to the Florida Retirement System and, from the date his or her transfer becomes effective, shall be subject to the provisions of the Florida Retirement System established by this chapter, together with any relevant provisions of this act and shall have his or her benefits calculated accordingly.
(4) Any member of the Judicial Retirement System who elects to transfer to the Florida Retirement System, and every Supreme Court justice, district court of appeal judge, or circuit judge who is elected or appointed to judicial office on or after July 1, 1972, who is not already a member of the Judicial Retirement System when elected or appointed to such office, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter and of this act which are not in conflict or inconsistent with the provisions of Art. V of the State Constitution, and any retired member on temporary judicial assignment shall continue to receive retirement benefits and such other compensation as may be authorized by s. 25.073, and Art. V of the State Constitution.
(5)(a) Effective July 1, 1972, the Judicial Retirement System established by former chapter 123 shall be merged into this chapter, the Florida Retirement System Act, and the Florida Retirement System shall assume:
1. All liabilities related to the payment of benefits to members and their beneficiaries;
2. The administration and payment of benefits now accrued or which may accrue in the future for the benefit of members, beneficiaries and survivors; and
3. All obligations in regard to funding, including any actuarial deficit which may now or hereafter exist in the Judicial Retirement System.
(b) To effectuate the merger required by this section, the director of the Division of Retirement, as administrator of the retirement systems hereby merged, shall, as of July 1, 1972, cause to be transferred to the Florida Retirement System all assets, including money, securities, and other property held for the judicial retirement system, as well as all liabilities and obligations of said system. Upon such transfer of assets, liabilities, and obligations, the administrator shall become the trustee of any trust fund or funds transferred to the Florida Retirement System.
History.--ss. 1, 3, ch. 72-345; s. 769, ch. 95-147; s. 52, ch. 99-2.