S.3032 - United States Court of Federal Claims Special Trial Judges Act of 2004108th Congress (2003-2004)
Summary: S.3032 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)
Introduced in Senate (12/07/2004)
United States Court of Federal Claims Special Trial Judges Act of 2004 - Amends the Federal judicial code to establish within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims special trial judges (currently, special masters) to conduct proceedings on petitions under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services' participation in such proceedings.
Establishes an office of special trial judges within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Requires the judges of such court to appoint special trial judges, one of whom shall serve as chief special trial judge.
Establishes guidelines for the conduct of proceedings on petitions.
Authorizes review of special trial judge decisions by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and further appeal by the Secretary or an aggrieved petitioner to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to reflect the above changes to the Program.
Sets forth transition provisions for: (1) persons exempted from specified civil service programs by operation of this Act; and (2) persons currently serving as special masters.
Establishes a retirement annuity system for special trial judges and addresses their participation in existing retirement programs.
Amends the Federal judicial code, the Organic Act of Guam, the Act of November 8, 1977, and the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to include bankruptcy, magistrate, and territorial judges in the definition of "judge" for purposes of Federal employees' life insurance benefits.