§ 28-30-15. Retirement of judges engaged on or before July 2, 1997, on reduced pay.
(a) Whenever any person engaged as a judge on or before July 2, 1997, has served as a workers' compensation judge for twenty (20) years, or has so served for ten (10) years and has reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, he or she may retire from active service and subsequently he or she shall receive annually during life a sum equal to three-fourths ( 3 / 4 ) of the annual salary that he or she was receiving at the time of retirement. In determining eligibility under this section, any judge who has served as a general officer may include that service as if that service had been on the workers' compensation court. Whenever a judge or magistrate shall be granted a leave of absence without pay, such absence shall not be credited towards active service time for the purposes of retirement.
(b) Any judge who retires in accordance with the provisions of this section may at his or her own request and at the direction of the chief justice of the supreme court, subject to the retiree's physical and mental competence, be assigned to perform any services that a judge on the workers' compensation court as the chief judge prescribes. When so assigned and performing those services, he or she shall have all the powers and authority of a judge. A retired judge shall not be counted in the number of judges provided by law for the workers' compensation court. Whenever a judge shall be granted a leave of absence without pay, such absence shall not be credited towards active service time for the purposes of retirement.
(P.L. 1971, ch. 146, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 203, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 415, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 93, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 126, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 179, § 3; P.L. 2013, ch. 30, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 40, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 78, § 2; P.L. 2014, ch. 87, § 2.)