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Employees and attaches of the superior or municipal court, including persons performing duties performed under the titles of commissioners, phonographic reporters who are paid compensation on a monthly or per diem basis by the City and County, secretaries, stenographers, investigators, messengers and other employees of the superior and municipal courts, in and for the City and County of San Francisco, shall be members of the San Francisco City and County Employees' Retirement System under Section 8.509, and shall be subject to all of the conditions applying to other members under that section, except as herein otherwise provided.
Service rendered to the said superior or municipal court in and for the City and County, other than as a phonographic reporter, by persons prior to becoming members under this section on February 1, 1953, shall be credited under the Retirement System to such persons, provided that it would have qualified for credit when rendered, if said persons had been subject then, as they will be under this section, to the provisions of Section 8.509 of this Charter and of the ordinances and provisions of the Municipal Code of the City and County of San Francisco relating to retirement of members under said section.
Service rendered to said superior court on and after September 15, 1945, or to said municipal court on and after September 1, 1947, by phonographic reporters prior to becoming members under this section on February 1, 1953, shall be credited under this Retirement System to such persons.
Said service, rendered prior to becoming a member under this section on February 1, 1953, shall only be credited to each of such persons if he elect, by written notice, on a form provided by Retirement System, filed in the office of the retirement board of said system prior to July 1, 1953, to receive credit for all or any part of said service, and to pay into the retirement fund, at times and in the manner hereinafter provided, the following amounts:
(a) an amount equal to the normal contributions he would have contributed, had he been a member of the Retirement System under Section 8.509, during the time for which he has elected to receive credit for service, on the basis of compensation paid to him by the City and County on account of said service, and
(b) an amount equal to the interest which would have been credited to his account on account of such contributions from the date upon which they would have been made, to the date of payment of such contributions to the Retirement System. However, a member shall not receive credit for any portion of such service rendered prior to April 1, 1922, unless he has elected to receive credit for, and has paid into the retirement fund such amount with respect to, all of said service rendered after March 31, 1922. Such amounts shall be paid into the retirement fund by lump sum payment, or payroll deductions or other installments, over a period not exceeding 36 months from July 1, 1953, provided that any balance remaining unpaid at his retirement shall become due and payable forthwith. Benefits, not provided by such amounts, granted to said persons on account of said service rendered prior to February 1, 1953, shall be provided by contributions of the City and County. Such service shall include time during which such person was absent from a status included in the paragraph above by reason of service in the armed forces of the United States in any war in which the United States has engaged.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, any such employee or attache not already a member of the system and who is such an employee or attache on February 1, 1953, shall not become a member of the Retirement System, unless he elect prior to July 1, 1953, on a form provided by the Retirement System, to be a member of said system, and if he does not so elect, he shall not be a member of the Retirement System, and shall not be prevented from continuing in such employment by reason of such provision.