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Judges volunteer 20 per cent pay cut

JUDGES have fulfilled their pledge to contribute part of their salaries to the state after winning an appeal against the pay cuts imposed by the state as part of an austerity drive to prop up the economy.
Reports said all judges have signed declarations authorising the state treasurer to cut 20 per cent of their salaries from January 1, 2014.
With the declaration, the judges also authorised the treasurer to continue to withhold the required amount from their salaries and waived their right to have the money deducted so far returned.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of district court judges who had appealed against the pay cuts imposed as part of the effort to save the economy, arguing that their remuneration was protected by the Constitution.
Almost all district court judges had filed appeals citing Article 158.3 of the Constitution, which states that “the remuneration and other conditions of service of any such judge shall not be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.”
The judges had tried to convince parliament – by pledging to contribute their share — to exempt them when passing the relevant bills in December 2012 but to no avail.
A proposal, filed in parliament after June’s Supreme Court decision, to amend the constitution has been shelved.

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