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Disrespect for judges a national trend?

If Virginia judges are feeling a lack of love, maybe they should consider the plight of their judicial brethren in New York.

Judges there haven’t had a pay raise in 12 years, according to an article in The New York Times that examines what it perceives as dwindling prestige for judges in New York and the rest of the country.

The annual survey of judicial salaries by the National Center for State Courts says pay for judges in the Empire State ranks 46th in the country when cost of living is taken into account. The $136,700 trial judges receive ranks 21st before the cost of living is factored in.

By contrast, Virginia’s judges benefit from a higher salary and a lower cost of living. The $158,134 circuit judges receive ranks them ninth. The rank jumps to sixth when cost of living is considered.

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