Loss of $10K Annual Stipend Follows 1st Pay Raise in 13 Years for NY Judges
Posted Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Following their first pay raise in 13 years, some 1,300 trial-court judges in New York are losing the $10,000 annual stipend instituted in 2008.
But that may have been expected, since the stipend was put in place to help them deal with the effective shrinking of their paychecks, due to inflation, according to Reuters. As a 27 percent pay raise raise takes effect over three years, judicial salaries will rise from $136,700 to $160,000 on April 1, and are scheduled to increase to $167,000 in 2013 and to $174,000 in 2014.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in an interview last month, before a final decision was made, that the stipend might have to go "with the economy the way it is, and with government the way it is," explaining that "the stipend addressed an extraordinary situation, and that situation is over."
ABAJournal.com: "After 13 Years with No Raises, Many New York Judges Are Dissatisfied with 17% Pay Hike"