Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Scheme

As part of changes to judicial pension arrangements, a new governance framework has been established over judicial pension schemes to ensure confidence in the scheme of both scheme members and taxpayers.

Pension Scheme and Advisory Board

The Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Scheme (NIJPS) was established by the Department of Justice on 1 April 2015 under the Judicial Pensions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 (the scheme regulations). It is a career-average revalued earnings scheme open to specified members of the devolved judiciary (that is, judicial office-holders in Northern Ireland who are not listed in paragraph 11 of Schedule 2 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998).

Specified members of the excepted judiciary (those office-holders who are listed) are eligible to join the equivalent Judicial Pension Scheme, which was established by the Lord Chancellor. Judicial office-holders (both devolved and excepted) with transitional protection may remain part of the predecessor to these schemes (known as JuPRA), for which the Lord Chancellor is also responsible. For further information about these schemes, contact the Ministry of Justice.

Scheme guide

The features of the NIJPS are set out in the scheme guide , which also includes contact details for queries.

Governance

The governance of the NIJPS has three elements: the scheme manager, the pension board and the scheme advisory board.

The Department of Justice is the scheme manager of the NIJPS and as such is responsible for managing and administering the scheme. The day-to-date administration of the scheme is contracted out to Punter Southall Ltd by the Ministry of Justice as part of a contract for administering all UK judicial pension schemes.  Queries about the scheme should be directed to Punter Southall at NIJPS2015Admin@puntersouthall.com

Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Board

The Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Board is responsible for assisting the Department of Justice as scheme manager of the NIJPS:

  • to secure compliance with the scheme regulations, any other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the NIJPS, and any requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to the NIJPS
  • in the performance of the scheme manager’s functions under the scheme regulations.

The Board is also charged with making recommendations to the scheme manager as part of Stage 2 of the NIJPS internal dispute resolution procedure, and in relation to the exercise by the scheme manager of certain discretions under the scheme regulations. 

Terms of reference

Membership

The Board consists of an independent chair appointed by the Department of Justice and equal numbers of employer representatives and member representatives appointed by the chair with the approval respectively of the Department of Justice and the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Name Role Employment and job title (where relevant) How appointed
Jill Youlds Independent chair   Appointed by the Minister of Justice
Ronnie Armour Employer representative Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service Appointed by the chair with the approval of the Department of Justice
Employment Judge Neil Drennan QC Member representative Chairman of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Appointed by the chair with the approval of the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
Susan Andrews Independent Board Member   Appointed by the Chair with the agreement of DOJ

Members interests

Meetings, agendas and minutes

The Board meets on a quarterly basis.  Northern Ireland Pension Board meetings listed below:

Meeting Date Agenda and minutes
1st meeting 24 March 2015 March 2015
2nd meeting 5 May 2015 May 2015
3rd meeting 16 July 2015 July 2015
4th meeting 22 October 2015 October 2015
     
Meeting Date Agenda and minutes
5th meeting 28 January 2016 Agendas and minutes for 2016
6th meeting 21 April 2016  
7th meeting 14 July 2016  
     

Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Scheme Advisory Board

The Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Scheme Advisory Board is to provide advice to the Department of Justice on the desirability of any changes to the NIJPS.

Membership

Name Role Employment and job title (where relevant) How appointed
Jill Youlds Independent chair   Appointed by the Minister of Justice
Ronnie Armour Employer representative Chief Executive, NI Courts and Tribunals Service Appointed by the chair with the approval of the Department of Justice
Employment Judge Neil Drennan QC

Member representative
 

Chairman of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Appointed by the chair with the approval of the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

Advisory Board members' interests

Board meetings, agenda and minutes

Meeting Date Agenda and minutes
1st meeting 24 March 2015 March 2015
2nd meeting 05 May 2015 May 2015
3rd meeting 16 July 2015 July 2015
4th meeting 22 Oct 2015 October 2015

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