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Report of the Judicial Compensation Commission

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76 pages
This report presents the Maryland Judicial Compensation Commission's 1997 review and analysis of judicial compensation in Maryland.
The Commission has examined salaries paid to Maryland officials and those jurists in all other States, as well as received testimony from executive officials, the Department of Fiscal Services, the judiciary, and various bar associations. Based on a review of the information received, the Commission proposes the following fiscal 1998 salaries: courts of appeals chief judge--$133,500, and associate judge--$116,300; Court of Special Appeals chief judge--$112,000, and associate judge-- $109,300; circuit court judge--$105,500; and district court chief judge--$109,300, and associate judge--$98,200. The Commission recommends that the salaries of all Maryland judges be increased by $9,000. In so recommending, the commission did not consider a general salary increase, because none was provided in the fiscal 1998 governor's allowance. The Commission recommends no changes to the judicial retirement plan. If the General Assembly rejects any or all of the Commission's salary recommendations, the salaries of the judges remain unchanged, unless, pursuant to Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article 1-703(b), the judges salaries are increased by the same percentage awarded to State employees. Appended salary recommendations; annotated code of Maryland; salary rankings; salaries of Federal, State, and local officials; Senate Joint Resolution 3/House Joint Resolution 6; and judges' retirement system