JRS Death Benefits

What happens to my accrued benefits if I die?

Provided you have accrued at least 2 years of credited service and been married for at least 1 year to your spouse when you die, JRS provides an automatic survivor benefit of 50% of your accrued benefit at the time of your death (or of your actual benefit if you are already retired). If you have accrued a benefit formula percentage of less than 60% at the time of your death, the survivor benefit may not be less than 30% of the current base salary of your judicial office. If there is no surviving spouse but you have dependent children, 50% of the above benefit may be divided in equal shares to your dependent children for the duration of their dependency. If there is no spouse or dependent children, your contribution account balance, less any benefits you have been paid, will be paid to your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries.