TIME TO ADDRESS THE SCANDAL OF JUDGES AND DEEMSTERS PAY

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TIME TO ADDRESS THE SCANDAL OF JUDGES AND DEEMSTERS PAY

Post by kbcl1 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:30 pm

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

TIME TO ADDRESS THE SCANDAL OF JUDGES AND DEEMSTERS PAY

British, Manx and Irish Judges pay is disproportionate in terms of global judicial pay scales

The announcement by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he is to press ahead with a referendum which will remove a constitutional safeguard on the wages of Ireland's judges is a wake-up call to other communities across the British Isles about the scandal of the pay and perks of the judiciary.

Salaries paid to UK (including Manx Deemsters who are analogued to UK scales) and Irish judges are the highest in the World (in fact Ireland is slightly behind the UK).

In these difficult economic times, as other classes of public and private workers have had to endure the privation of cuts or freezes in pay, these be-wigged denizens of the High Courts have been immune from such realities.

Speaking today Enda Kenny reinforced his determination to proceed with reform stating that Judges were not a special case and could not expect to be treated as such.

It is to be hoped that politicians in both the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom also realise that it is time to `call time' on extravagant salaries and the gilt-edged pensions that uniquely amongst public servants the judiciary receive.

Irish District court Judges receive salaries ranging from 148,000 Euro and the Circuit Court Judges 177,000 Euro.

Meanwhile Deemsters (High Court Judges) in the Isle of Man are even better paid and receive up to £173000 in line with Group 3 on the UK Judicial Salary Structure.

However, pay is just the tip of the iceberg and `fringe benefits' are also generous. UK and Manx Judges can expect to walk away with a 50% pension after 20 years aggregated service.

All this for what the last job specification for a Deemster described as "no pre-determined hours of work".

Meanwhile equivalent High Court Judges in both the United States and France earn roughly $200,000 whilst those serving in Germany earned just $108,000. A quick calculation at today's exchange rates indicates the staggering difference between these pay scales and those of their greedy UK, Manx and Irish colleagues!

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

29/04/11

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Re: TIME TO ADDRESS THE SCANDAL OF JUDGES AND DEEMSTERS PAY

Post by kbcl1 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:32 pm

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

FAT PAY FOR JUDGES SHOWS PRIORITIES ARE WRONG

As we reported in an earlier CL News item Ireland's Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, castigated the pay and conditions of Judges in an interview on RTE television broadcast yesterday.

The Celtic League highlighted that it is not just Ireland that is over generous with judicial salaries and indeed both UK Judges and Manx Deemsters enjoy salaries and pensions higher than their Irish counterparts.

See Celtic News article here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_le ... ssage/3652

In his interview the Taoiseach said Judges were not a special case and that society should have greater priorities than maintaining there current levels of salary and pensions. His government plans to hold a referendum to address the issue.

The Taoiseach's comment can be watched in full as part of this RTE video clip:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0429/anglo.html#video

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

30/04/11

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works
to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a
broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights
human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on
socio-economic issues.

TEL (UK)01624 877918 MOBILE (UK)07624 491609

Internet site at:

http://celticleague.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_league/

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Re: TIME TO ADDRESS THE SCANDAL OF JUDGES AND DEEMSTERS PAY

Post by MaliAft4 » Sun May 01, 2011 9:56 am

Here's a .pdf of the salaries paid to judges. Given that, to become a judge, the minimum you need to have held a relevant legal qualification for at least five years, I don't think that the wages are out of line. One mustn't forget that to attract such people, the wages must be somewhat in line with what they could earn as a solicitor or barrister working privately, and then add a cap on top of that, as corruption is a real worry, and a well paid employee is less likely to do bad things than a poorly paid one. Overall, I think they are quite fine.

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