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State Bar Trustees Vote to Support Salary Increases for Judges and Prosecutors

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The NJ State Bar Association Board of Trustees passed two resolutions yesterday in support of salary increases for state and federal judges, and state prosecutors at the association’s Annual Meeting being held at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City. The Board unanimously endorsed the two resolutions affirming its long-standing position in support of judges and prosecutors.

“The salaries paid to judges and prosecutors in New Jersey have been held steady for seven years while the judicial caseload has increased 3.7 percent in just this last year with a 2.7 percent increase in the number of cases resolved,” said NJ State Bar President Wayne J. Positan.

"Our judges are working harder, hearing and deciding more cases, and it is time for the US Congress and the State of New Jersey to approve appropriate compensation for this group of individuals who serve as the lynchpin of our justice system. Our state prosecutors as well have been dealing with an increased workload while inflation erodes their earnings and purchasing power,” he said.

The resolution supporting judicial salary increases points out that “judicial compensation is critical to obtaining qualified applicants, retaining experienced judges and promoting judicial independence.” The prosecutors’ resolution states that “prosecutor excellence in New Jersey depends upon a highly qualified pool” from which prosecutors are selected.

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RESOLUTION URGING

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND

THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

TO INCREASE JUDICIAL SALARIES

A RESOLUTION by the New Jersey State Bar Association urging the United States Congress and the State of New Jersey to increase the salaries of New Jersey judges.

WHEREAS, judicial excellence in New Jersey depends upon a highly qualified pool from which judges are selected, the experience and knowledge attained through lengthy judicial tenures, and the maintenance of judicial autonomy and independence, and

WHEREAS, judicial compensation is critical to obtaining qualified applicants, retaining experienced judges and promoting judicial independence, and

WHEREAS, the judicial workload in the federal and state systems has increased, judges are working harder for less pay while having seen inflation erode their earnings and purchasing power; and

WHEREAS, the District Courts have seen overall filing increases for the last five years and bankruptcy case filings reached an all-time high in 2005, and the for the tenth consecutive year, filings in the U. S. Courts of Appeals rose 9 percent to an all-time high; and

WHEREAS, despite state court judges having not had a pay increase in seven years, the state judiciary reports that last year 1,056,399 cases were filed in Superior Court, an increase of 39,091 cases from the previous year, and during that period the courts resolved 1,058,574 cases, or 28,612 more than the number of cases resolved during the previous year; and

WHEREAS, the NJSBA has a longstanding position in supporting essential judicial salary increases, and after much reflection and deliberation, the NJSBA has determined that New Jersey’s federal and state judicial salaries are inadequate, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Jersey State Bar Association calls upon the United States Congress and the State of New Jersey to increase judicial salaries for state and federal judges to assure qualified applicants, retain experienced judges, and promote judicial independence,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be published to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly and the President of the Senate, the New Jersey Congressional Delegation and the New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper.

Executed on May 16th, 2007.

SUSAN A. FEENEY, Secretary

WAYNE J. POSITAN, President

RESOLUTION URGING

THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

TO INCREASE PROSECUTORSALARIES

A RESOLUTION by the New Jersey State Bar Association urging the State of New Jersey to increase the salaries of New Jersey prosecutors.

WHEREAS, prosecutor excellence in New Jersey depends upon a highly qualified pool from which prosecutors are selected, the experience and knowledge attained through lengthy prosecutorial tenures, and the maintenance of prosecutor autonomy and discretion, and

WHEREAS, prosecutor compensation is critical to obtaining qualified applicants, retaining experienced prosecutors, and

WHEREAS, the prosecutor workload in the state systems has increased, and these lawyers are working harder for less pay while having seen inflation erode their earnings and purchasing power; and

WHEREAS, the NJSBA has a longstanding position in supporting essential prosecutor salary increases, and after much reflection and deliberation, we have determined that New Jersey prosecutor salaries are inadequate, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Jersey State Bar Association calls upon the State of New Jersey to increase prosecutor salaries to assure qualified applicants, retain experienced prosecutors, and promote the exercise of independent prosecutorial discretion,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be published to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly and the President of the Senate, and the New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper.

Executed on May 16, 2007.

SUSAN A. FEENEY, Secretary

WAYNE J. POSITAN, President