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Duty to make orders about pensions
     1. - (1) The appropriate Minister must by order make provision with respect to pensions payable to or in respect of any holder of a judicial office who serves as an ECHR judge.
      (2) A pensions order must include such provision as the Minister making it considers is necessary to secure that-
    (a) an ECHR judge who was, immediately before his appointment as an ECHR judge, a member of a judicial pension scheme is entitled to remain as a member of that scheme;
    (b) the terms on which he remains a member of the scheme are those which would have been applicable had he not been appointed as an ECHR judge; and
    (c) entitlement to benefits payable in accordance with the scheme continues to be determined as if, while serving as an ECHR judge, his salary was that which would (but for section 18(4)) have been payable to him in respect of his continuing service as the holder of his judicial office.
     2. A pensions order may, in particular, make provision-
    (a) for any contributions which are payable by a person who remains a member of a scheme as a result of the order, and which would otherwise be payable by deduction from his salary, to be made otherwise than by deduction from his salary as an ECHR judge; and
    (b) for such contributions to be collected in such manner as may be determined by the administrators of the scheme.
Amendments of other enactments
     3. A pensions order may amend any provision of, or made under, a pensions Act in such manner and to such extent as the Minister making the order considers necessary or expedient to ensure the proper administration of any scheme to which it relates.
     4. In this Schedule-
    "appropriate Minister" means-
      (a) in relation to any judicial office whose jurisdiction is exercisable exclusively in relation to Scotland, the Secretary of State; and
      (b) otherwise, the Lord Chancellor;
    "ECHR judge" means the holder of a judicial office who is serving as a judge of the Court;
    "judicial pension scheme" means a scheme established by and in accordance with a pensions Act;
    "pensions Act" means-
      (a) the County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959;
      (b) the Sheriffs' Pensions (Scotland) Act 1961;
      (c) the Judicial Pensions Act 1981; or
      (d) the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993; and
    "pensions order" means an order made under paragraph 1.
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