NJ High Court Says Law Illegally Undermines Judges' Salaries

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT) -- A 2011 law increasing New Jersey public employees' pension and health benefit contributions runs afoul of a state constitutional ban on reducing the salaries of sitting judges, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 3-2 decision.

“Whatever good motives the Legislature might have, the Framers’ message is simple and clear. Diminishing judicial salaries during a jurist’s term of appointment is forbidden by the Constitution,” said the majority opinion from justices Jaynee LaVecchi and Barry Albin and Appellate Division Judge Dorothea O'C. Wefing, who has...
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