Good news for Subordinate Judiciary: SC orders a 30 percent hike in basic pay of judges

The subordinate judiciary received its last pay hike in the year 2010 but the long wait of the judiciary is over now as the Supreme Court, in a significant order passed yesterday, has ordered a 30 percent hike in basic pay of judges of subordinate judiciary.

The current entry-level salary for a junior civil judge is around Rs.45,000 per month, while a senior judge gets around Rs.80,000.

Even though the hike was proposed in the year 2010, the NDA Cabinet had thereafter decided to go ahead with a fresh panel to look into a salary hike of subordinate judiciary with the aim to consider salary hikes of over 21,000 judges from the lower court across the country.

After this, the Ministry of Law had proposed to appoint a Second National Judicial Pay Commission. The Commission comprised of former Supreme Court judge, Justice P Venkatarama Reddy along with Senior Advocate and former Kerala High Court judge R Basant.

The Commission had submitted its report suggesting 30 per cent increase in basic pay of the subordinate judges. The Bench of Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul  accepted the report submitted by the Commission and ordered that the hike has to be implemented with effect from May 1, 2018. The deadline for implementation is June 30, 2018.

“Given that there are many vacancies in the lower judiciary on an average, the hike would encourage more lawyers to join the subordinate judiciary,” said Ratnesh Kumar Bhardawaj, Senior Advocate, Muzaffarpur Civil Court, adding that the hike was long overdue.

Manas Sonawala is an Advocate practising at the Muzaffarpur Civil Court.

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