NY Court Upholds Decision To Increase Judges' Pay

Law360, New York (June 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A New York court has unanimously upheld a decision that state legislators violated the state constitution by linking judicial and legislative pay raises.

In its 5-0 decision Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, told the Legislature to adjust compensation to reflect the cost of living since 1999, when judges in the Empire State last received a salary bump.

Justice Peter Tom wrote for the court that legislators violated the separation of powers doctrine by tying their own pay increases to legislation that...
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