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 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.

"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.

Jean October 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The proposed $45,000. pay raises leaves a bad taste especially after the recent Dept of Education scandal. Not smart. How about proposing a more modest increase, one that is more in line with the rest of the public and private sector?
Ron Kadlecik October 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
How about learning to to live on the paltry salary of $147,000 per year (plus all the perks that go with the job)!!!!!
Daniella Ruiz January 04, 2013 at 08:49 PM
no, we need more judges and all of the current ones @ $45,000 less per year!


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