New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/23/05
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Acting Director of Communications
732-937-7524

Letter to Star-Ledger Editor on Dec. 23 Editorial "Judges Deserve A Raise"

Editor

Star-Ledger

One Star-Ledger Plaza

Newark, NJ 07102-1200

Re: December 23 editorial “Judges Deserve a Raise”

On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, I would like to offer our strong support for the judicial pay raise the Star Ledger endorsed in its December 23rd Editorial “Judges Deserve a Raise.”

The New Jersey State Bar Association has historically supported pay increases for judges in order to attract the most qualified attorneys to the bench. As noted in the editorial, the cost of living in New Jersey is high, and it is necessary that judges receive pay somewhat commensurate to what they could earn in the private sector. We recognize the difficult economic realities confronting the state in the form of an approximately $5 billion deficit. However, as your editorial notes, the pay raise is to be phased in over several years. This should help to defray the costs. Further, the fact that judges have gone almost six years without a raise is a significant problem which demands a solution.

New Jersey has been fortunate that it has been able to secure a judiciary which is lauded across the country for its character, integrity, decision-making and professionalism. A judicial pay raise will ensure that these traits continue to be used as adjectives to describe our judges. We look forward to the introduction of a bill to accomplish these goals, and the attendant consideration by the Legislative and Executive Branches of government. After all, the New Jersey judiciary does not exist for judges. It exists for the people of New Jersey.

Very truly yours,

Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq.

President, NJSBA