224.13. From the day the payment of the pension of a judge ceases by reason of death or from the day a judge dies while in office and before being entitled to a pension, a life pension equal to 50% of the pension the judge was receiving or would have received if the judge had been entitled to the payment of a pension at the time of death shall be granted to the judge’s spouse.
If a judge dies while in office, before being entitled to a pension, and leaves no spouse or child who satisfies any of the requirements set out in section 224.18, the judge’s heirs are entitled to a refund of the contributions paid and those transferred to this plan, with accrued interest.
If a judge who, upon ceasing to hold office, was entitled only to a deferred pension dies before reaching 65 years of age, the judge’s contributions shall be refunded, with interest, to the judge’s spouse or, if the judge leaves no spouse, to the judge’s heirs. The same applies to a judge who dies having accumulated less than two years of service.
2001, c. 8, s. 9; 2017, c. 30, s. 131.