Appeals Court Finds U.S. Judges are Due Higher Pay

Congress cannot withhold cost-of-living adjustments that were promised for federal judges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a 10-2 decision. The ruling reversed the court’s 2001 decision on the issue.

Lyle Denniston reported for SCOTUSblog, “After battling for years to get a pay raise that they say Congress had once promised them, six federal judges finally won in a specialized federal court on Friday.  If the ruling withstands a likely trip to the Supreme Court, those judges – and presumably others – will get annual cost-of-living increases that have been specifically vetoed by Congress. ”

ABA Journal has an article about the ruling, as does the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.

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