Chief Justice: CT Judges Need $45,000 Raise

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 eacy 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 $260,000 in controversial salary hikes that were given, and later suspended, to top officials in the state’s Department of Higher Education last week, is already drawing fire from some politicians in the state.

Will Wilkin October 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Many people I know are living on a lot less than this Judge is asking for in a raise.
Richard Burke October 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It would be nice to have full transparency on this matter. Try finding out all the details of a judge's full salary&benefits package. FOI aside, my guess is a very closely guarded secret. Don't know if it's true, but my understanding is that ... once appointed to one of these judge positions ... it's your's for life. Further understanding is that it's comes with a guarranteed pension of 100% of your salary, which I'll bet ... the judges don't contribute to, and if they do ... like most municipal positions ... some absurdly low %. Again ... 100% guarranteed on our backs ... with no worry of market fluctuations. I would further wonder ... do they retire with full medical benefits??? Try finding out. My 2nd guess is ... you can't. I hope I'm wrong.


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