UPDATED: Chief justice seeks pay increase for judges; top lawmaker cool to idea


(Updated to add 2023 judicial salaries with proposed increases)

In her annual state-of-the-judiciary address to the Legislature, Chief Justice Marla Luckert asked lawmakers for a cost-of-living increase to keep pay for judicial branch employees competitive and fight off the cost of inflation.

"While we have started to address uncompetitive judicial pay, I ask you to please continue that effort," Luckert told a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday.

"Market forces and inflation are already eroding your effort to bring employee salaries to market rate," Luckert said.

The chief justice said that some new attorneys . . .


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