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Judges to meet finance minister on voluntary pay cuts

THE SUPREME Court said on Tuesday that despite ruling in favour of an appeal against pay cuts imposed on judges, its members were nonetheless willing to see through their promise of voluntarily contributing their share.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of district court judges in June who had appealed against pay cuts imposed as part of austerity measures, arguing their remuneration was protected by the constitution.

The court said in an announcement on Tuesday it has arranged for a meeting with the finance minister in order to implement the judges’ promise to volunteer their share.

It added that it was now the wish of “the collective body of judges” – and not just the majority’s – to make “proportionate voluntary contributions”.

The appeals aimed exclusively at confirming the constitution, the announcement added.

Some 84 appeals were originally filed, although 47 were later withdrawn because of the state’s deteriorating finances but without “the applicants accepting the legality of the contested decisions”.

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