New York judges set for a modest pay rise - the first in 12 years

August 29, 2011 New York state trial judges look set to get their first pay rise since 1999, after the Commission on Judicial Compensation voted in favor of boosting salaries from next year.

So long as the Comission’s recommendation isn’t modified or rejected by the state legislature, state Supreme Court judges will see their pay go from the current figure of $136,700 to $160,000 in 2012, rising to $167,000 in 2013 and $174,000 in 2014.

New York State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle III was disappointed with the outcome, saying: “During the past 12 years, the cost-of-living increased by 40 percent, eroding judicial salaries. Yet the commission voted to adjust judicial salaries by only 17 percent in 2012.”

“Salary stagnation is more than a personal hardship for judges. It threatens to undermine our judiciary, making it harder to attract and retain talented judges,” he added.


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