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U.S. Chief Justice asks for judicial pay raises

Another year-end report on the federal judiciary from U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., another request for more money for judges.

Roberts notes that Congress came close last year to restoring cost-of-living salary adjustments that judges have not received in past years. But not only did that effort fail, Roberts notes, “Congress failed, once again, to provide federal judges an annual cost-of-living increase this year, even though it provided one to every other federal employee, including every Member of Congress.”

Roberts points out that the entire budget for the judicial branch is only 0.2 percent of the federal budget and concludes, “I must renew the Judiciary’s modest petition: Simply provide cost-of-living increases that have been unfairly denied!”

The report does not include the salaries of federal judges, but Roberts gets $212,100, $9,100 more than his Supreme Court colleagues. Federal circuit judges are paid $175,100, district judges receive $165,200 and bankruptcy judges and magistrate judges get 92 percent of the salary of a district judge.

By Alan Cooper

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