Retired Chief Justice, Bart Magunda Katureebe.

Government has released Shs 6.27 billion to cater for monthly benefits of all retired judicial officers. The revelation was made by the Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary, Mr. Pius Bigirimana.

The released fund money will cater for 224 retired judicial officers on the judiciary retired officers payroll. The retired officers include; justices and judges, registrars and magistrates, Chief Justices, Deputy Chief Justices and Principal Judges.

“This is to inform all beneficiaries that I received approval to pay, on a monthly-basis, retirement benefits from January to June 2021. Accordingly, retirement benefits for January have been paid. The process to pay those of February shall be paid before 15th February,” he said.

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According to the Administration of the Judiciary Act (AJA) 2020, retired Chief Justices, Deputy Chief Justices are paid a monthly retirement benefit equivalent to that of the sitting Chief Justices, Deputy Chief Justices.

Other officials from Supreme Court down to the grade two magistrates court including principal judge are paid a monthly benefit of 80% of the salary payable to their sitting counterparts.

Government also pays each retired officers, a one off lump sum retirement benefit equivalent to 2.4 percent of his annually salary multiply by five and the years of services and where the judicial dies, his or her family is one off lump sum retirement benefit plus the months pension for 15 years.