Amendments to Territorial Court Judiciary Pension Plan Act tabled in the Yukon Legislative Assembly


Today, Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee tabled Bill No. 10, which proposes amendments to the Territorial Court Judiciary Pension Plan Act (2021). These proposed amendments are being introduced in accordance with recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission.

The amendments to the Territorial Court Judiciary Pension Plan Act (2021) will include:

  • clarifying and expanding the scheme for how reductions are applied to pension benefit amounts in the event that a member elects an early commencement of pension benefits;
  • clarifying that a five-year guarantee applies to all pensions payable, including for joint and survivor pensions for a judge with a spouse; and
  • clarifying that child benefits, in terms of pension amounts, are payable under both the registered and supplemental pension plans by codifying the scheme for disbursement of pension amounts to the children of judges.

 

These amendments respond to the recommendations provided in the 2016 Final Report of the Judicial Compensation Commission. The process set out by the Commission is meant to help maintain the proper constitutional balance between judicial independence and the role of the legislature in deciding judicial remuneration.

Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee

Quick facts 
  • Under the Yukon’s Territorial Court Act, Judicial Compensation Commissions are struck every three years to review and negotiate salaries and benefits for judges, deputy judges and justices of the peace.

Contact 

Jacob Wilson
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7629
jacob.wilson@yukon.ca

Fiona Azizaj
Communications, Justice
867-667-8148
fiona.azizaj@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-409