Senate OKs higher judges' pay - - Jackson, MS

Senate OKs higher judges' pay

JACKSON, MS (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill to increase the salaries of Mississippi judges.

The bill passed this week now goes to the House. The raises would be financed through increases in filing fees and other court-related costs, such as an $8.50 increase in the cost of traffic tickets and other misdemeanors.

Under the bill, Supreme Court justices would be paid $152,250 annually after July 1, 2012. The chief justice would get $159,000 and two presiding justices $154,833.

On the Appeals Court, the chief judge would get $147,578 while other judges would get $144,827.

Salaries for circuit and chancery court judges would go from $104,170 to $136,000.

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