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Connecticut Judges Need $45,000 More Each, Chief Justice Says

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers says Connecticut judges are underpaid compared to their peers in other states and she has formally proposed that judges here get $45,000 each in pay raises over the next four years.

 

Connecticut’s chief justice wants to give $45,000 in raises to state judges, a move she says is needed because the judges have gone five years without a salary increase and because they are underpaid compared to judges in other states.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers proposed the increases over four years in a report to the state’s Commission on Judicial Compensation. The commission is expected to make a recommendation on her request in January. The legislature could vote on the proposal next year.

Under her recommendation, a superior court judge’s salary would increase from an average of about $147,000 annually to about $192,000, according to a report by television station WTNH.  A national court organization ranks Connecticut 45th in the country for judges' pay, the report says.

Under her plan Connecticut Supreme Court judges would see their pay rise about $49,000 each over four years, from about $163,000 to about $212,000, according to The Day of New London.

The judicial pay raise plan, coming on the heels of more than , and later suspended, to top officials in the state’s Department of Higher Education last week, is already drawing fire.

"Judges probably deserve a pay raise. But there are people everywhere, both in the private and public sector, who deserve pay raises but do not earn as much as judges," State Rep. Chris Wright, D-Bristol, told The Day.

Hammer McPhee October 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
$147,000 per year, add benefits and a golden pension... We are up over 200K a year already. Anyone who has had the misfortune of being required at court can see the judges don't work long hours.... Find a job in the "Dreaded Private Sector" if you want more money. But you'll have to work 4 times more hours per day to get it...
Paul October 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
As a State employee, I haven't received a raise in the last five years and I'm not going to receive another raise for a long time under the previous give back. Why should judges be any different.
Bradford J. Sullivan October 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
You statement about judges' working hours is incorrect. Judges work long hours primarily because there is currently a shortage of judges on the bench. It's one of the main reasons that the cradle to grave cycle of civil litigation stretches to nearly two plus years in many types of cases.
Bradford J. Sullivan October 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Paul, The number one reason, in my humble opinion, why judges are different from other "state employees" ( I would argue that judges are not employed by the state the way you probably are, per se, but there is not enough space here) when it comes to employment/wages is that judges are members of the judiciary. As you know, the judiciary is a separate but equal branch of our state government. The judicial branch has sustained profound budget cuts over the last decade literally threatening the provision of civil justice to residents of this state. Without qualified judges in the judiciary, the wheels of justice churn even slower than they currently are. The apropos cliche: justice delayed is justice denied.

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