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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 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 $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.

Ted Riegel October 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Tell her they can all move, try to pass the bar in another state, and have a good life.
CPUND97 October 18, 2012 at 08:36 PM
The fact that these judges are underpaid relative to those in other states is not a reason to increase their pay. If a judge wants substantially more money, he should move to a state where the pay is higher and apply for a judicial appointment there. If the barriers to doing so are too high, then he should give up his appointment and move into something more lucrative. Based on stories I've read about the unemployment rate among attorneys, there should be ample qualified applicants to take his position. $147,000 (in addition to all of the benefits accruing to civil servants) is substantial compensation for anyone living in most areas of the state.
Alethiologist October 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
No problem. Just don't increase taxes...get the money by reducing other expenses. It's easy, the private sector does it every day.
EMR October 19, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Yes, Chase, you are a cutie pie. Let's print another 46k for cutie pie judges! What a racket...
Alethiologist October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
There is a huge difference between raising taxes and reallocating the existing total tax take. I can be flexible, can you?
Eric Cameron October 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
AZ - I thought Obama and the left wanted to raise taxes on the higher earners to pay down the debt? Are you saying that the goal of all the calls for tax increases is to redistribute wealth? When you all speak of "paying your fair share" you mean paying a fair share to other people?
Glen K Dunbar October 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Wish I could make that easy money
Eric Cameron October 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
AZ - What do people think about it? I think it depends on which side of the equation you are on. When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you will always have the support of Paul
Eric Cameron October 19, 2012 at 05:29 PM
That is the beauty of living in the GREATEST country in the world where opportunities are boundless. You CAN make that money. Here is a good place for you to start. Good luck!!! http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html?cmp=sch:google&9gtype=search&9gkw=lsat&9gad=7006547916.1&9gpla=&9gag=1860660876&gclid=CNm4nb7NjbMCFcNM4Aod5RcAkg
Bill October 19, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Note how the Judge said a 'Commision' needs to okay this outrageous pay raise. What happened to the state legislature deciding this matter. And this Judge is greedy and unempathetic. Doesn't she understand that the private sector, from which her income emanates from, has been decimated? I'll answer that. Of course she does. Her attitude of 'let them eat cake' is nauseating and unfortunately, typical.
Alethiologist October 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
AZ I thought I said no new taxes...which means start cutting spending at least as much as annual inflation + whatever is needed to balance the budget
fact_checker October 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I don't think the reporting in this article is completely accurate. The average salary for a trial judge in the U.S. is $137k. In Connecticut, a trial judge earns $147k, well above the average. Nationally, we do not rank 45th as stated. Nationally, we rank 14th. The highest salary in the nation for a trial judge is $180k (Illinois). If Connecticut doles out a raise of $45k - as is being requested - our judges would be making $192k, well above the highest salary in the nation, propelling us into first place in the rankings. I see no reason to make Connecticut judges the highest paid in the nation - and by such a large margin.
Citizen October 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I 100% empathize with the comments about how absurd a pay raise in a recession is but the question we should be asking is no "why should lousy judges get a raise" but "are we losing talented judges due to pay issues?" If it's the state's policy to encourage the best possible judges to sit on the bench and stay there, then their compensation must be sufficient to keep them there. You can't compare a judge making 140k to a clerk making 40k. You have to compare them to law firm partners, because that's their alternative typically. If you lose a talented judge because you only paid him/her 140 and the private sector will pay him/her 250, it's a shame for litigants who deserve the best judges possible. I don't want to lose good judges because they need more money to afford to live in fairfield county and send three kids to college. Of course, someone has to prove that there is a judicial attrition problem or that candidates who are well qualified as saying no because of money before you start begging for raises. That's not what Rogers' is arguing.
john October 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
More corrupt judge. No judge is worth that kind of money. In these state agencies you have so many corrupt state employees who misusing their authority for their own personal reasons. When citizen file complaints with the Chief court administrator Barbara Quinn about illegal activities going on in state agencies. this judge ignored these complaint send in by citizen. When a citizen report a crime is going on in the state agency, these employee helping a client commit fraud. Before any money was paid to this client. Complaint was file with state Chief court administrator Barbara Quinn about this. this judge ignored these complaint. Magistrate judge K. Hutchinson discrimination towards men & unfair treatment. lots complaints about this same thing ignored these complaint I believes this would be call Racketeering takes money from taxpayer for their own personal FINANCIAL GAIN
Diane Wilkinson Trefethen October 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Keep in mind that these "talented judges" in a 4-3 ruling on 2-Oct-2012 "overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who had sex with a woman who 'has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.' " http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/03/947981/court-requires-disabled-rape-victim-to-prove-she-fought-back-calls-for-evidence-of-biting-kicking-scratching/?mobile=nc Their reasoning was that she didn't leave evidence of "biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing." See also: The Connecticut Post (ctpost.com) http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Supreme-Court-sets-accused-rapist-free-3910077.php The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/richard-fourtin-case-supreme-court-accused-rapist-sexual-assault-handicapped-victim_n_1937528.html NYDailyNews.com http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/guilty-verdict-tossed-sex-assault-woman-cerebral-palsy-article-1.1175342?localLinksEnabled=false
Jenny October 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I have no problem with judges getting pay raises, but as in the private sector, let's make it based on merit. There should be a way to make them accountable for their judgements. After all, family physicians don't make a heck of a lot more, and they can be held accountable. Also, they should have to do educational credits in their area of expertise... family, business, etc. I was in small claims for nonpayment of an invoice for services rendered and the judge said "well I don't know anything about the internet (my specialty), so I'll give you 90%." My niece also had primary custody of her child awarded to her ex, a chronic criminal in substance abuse and anger management rehab with no job. Fortunately, he broke probation when he beat up his pregnant girlfriend. (Note: my niece has no record, and is in school) Nope, no raise without accountability.
Glen K Dunbar October 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
AZ?? I do not believe it. A legislator only makes $28K/yr??? Horse feathers. Maybe $128K a year. as for thie $45K/yr story. Wish I could make even that much. YES. I am complaining !!!!

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