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(1)The provisions regulating the pensions which may be received under the preceding sections and schedule 1 of this Act and under the Sheriffs’ Pensions (Scotland) Act 1961 are to take effect subject to the modifications contained in this section.
(2)In this section—
“election” means an election made under subsection (3) of this section;
“judicial office” means one of the several offices referred to in sections 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of and schedule 1 to this Act;
“judicial pension schemes” means the occupational pension schemes constituted by this Act and the Sheriffs’ Pensions (Scotland) Act 1961 to provide personal pensions and derivative benefits to persons in any of the judicial offices and their widows and children, and “judicial pension scheme” and “relevant judicial pension scheme” have corresponding meanings;
“the Minister” in relation to judicial office held exclusively in Scotland means the Secretary of State for Scotland and otherwise means the Lord Chancellor;
“personal pension scheme” means a scheme in respect of which there is in force a current appropriate scheme certificate issued [F2in accordance with section 7 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993][F3or (in the case of judicial office held in Northern Ireland), in accordance with section 3 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993];
(3)A person who is eligible for a pension in any judicial office shall while in judicial office
(a)be deemed to be a member of the relevant judicial pension scheme except during such time as an election is in force in respect of him; and
(b)be entitled at any time to become a member of a personal pension scheme by serving on the Minister a written notice of election identifying the personal pension scheme, to take effect on a date not less than three months after the date when it was served.
(4)At any time after a person has made an election and while he continues to hold judicial office
(a)he may make a written application to the Minister requesting admission to membership of the judicial pension scheme relevant to the judicial office which he holds, and
(b)the Minister may, if satisfied that the applicant is in good health, admit him to the relevant judicial pension scheme on a date not less than three months after the date on which the application was served, and
(c)upon the date of the applicant’s admission to the relevant judicial pension scheme, his election shall cease to be in force.
(5)An application under subsection (4) above shall supply such evidence relating to his health as the Minister may reasonably require and shall submit to any medical examination reasonably specified by the Minister.
(6)The Minister shall notify an application under subsection (4) of his decision in writing within three months after the date on which the application was served.
(7)Subject to the provisions of subsection (4) above, an election shall be irrevocable and an election shall not cease to be in force by reason only of a person becoming the holder of a judicial office different from the one which he held when he made the election.
(8)An election shall not affect its maker’s eligibility for a pension which accrued under any judicial pension scheme before that election came into force.
(9)While an election remains in force in respect of a person, his service shall not be counted as service or relevant service in computing the pension for which he is eligible under any judicial pension scheme.]
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