Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Supreme Court directs pay hike for judicial officers across country with arrears as per revised pay structure

The Supreme Court today ordered the implementation of an enhanced pay scale for judicial officers from January 1, 2016 and directed the Central and state governments to pay their arrears [All India Judges Association v. Union of India].

The arrears were directed to be paid in three instalments - 25% in 3 months, another 25% in the next 3 months and the balance by June 30, 2023.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli observed that the revision of the pay structure should come into effect immediately since judicial officers were not under the pay commissions constituted by the Central government and the States.

The Court was hearing a plea by the All India Judges Association for the constitution of an All India Judicial Commission to review the service conditions of judges of the subordinate judiciary.

Amicus Curiae K Parameshwar stated that as per the recommendations of the Second National Judicial Pay Commission, the judges were entitled to a revised pay scale and stated denying the same on account of insufficient funds was "unjust".

"Revision of pay structure indicated in Table 1 shall be accepted and the same shall be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016. Arrears shall be computed by adjusting the interim relief and the balance of 25% be paid in cash within a period of 3 months and another 25% within another 3 months, and the balance of 50% to be paid in the first quarter of 2023."

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