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The pensions row has been going on for some time now. Back in 2012 the MoJ thought it would be a good idea to challenge the pension entitlements of part-time fee-paid judges, recorders, tribunal chairs, adjudicators and assessors, i.e. the sort of people who keep the wheels of grassroots justice running smoothly.

The Supreme Court threw a spanner in the works with its decision in O'Brien v MoJ, which required an ECJ reference. The case has gone to the ECJ for a second time after a referral from the ET following a challenge by the MoJ as to the amount of the pension.

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