August 20, 2000 |
Judges across California can only look in wonderment and envy at their brethren on the Los Angeles Superior Court. In this town, judges make so much that a promotion to a higher level would mean a pay cut. The reason: Los Angeles County officials allow the judges to draw duplicate benefits and perks from state and local taxes. As a result, the judges receive nearly $30,000 a year above their base salary of $118,000.
July 25, 2000 |
Police across California will soon have access to better training on confronting the mentally ill, under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Gray Davis. Davis also signed legislation to raise judges' pay by 8% and vetoed a bill that would have granted greater police powers to Los Angeles' library cops.
January 2, 1997 |
Declaring the morale and quality of the federal judiciary is at stake, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is calling on Congress to give judges a cost-of-living raise. Federal judges, who now make $133,600 a year, "need and have earned" more money, especially since many could be making heftier salaries as top-tier private lawyers, Rehnquist said in his year-end message on the federal courts.
April 8, 1994 |
A Justice Department legal opinion issued during the Ronald Reagan Administration could complicate President Clinton's consideration of Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) as a nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. The 1987 opinion, which was never disclosed publicly, is based on a constitutional provision that bars the appointment of a U.S.
October 4, 1992 |
Lured by higher pay and a chance to rejoin the fray, many retired judges are returning to the bench to help ease the strain on heavily burdened California courts. "I'm really too young to retire--and besides that, my wife wouldn't want me around the house," said Justice Robert R. Devich, 66, who is serving as a temporary judge in Los Angeles Superior Court after retiring from the state Court of Appeal last summer. "I enjoy being a judge--I really do. I'm learning something new every day."
December 14, 1991 |
State Supreme Court Justice Joyce L. Kennard is joining scores of court staff members in taking a voluntary, four-day unpaid furlough to try to avoid mandatory staff pay cuts in the wake of the state budget crisis. "You cannot ask your staff to be subject to financial sacrifice when you yourself are not subject to it," Kennard said Friday. "I view loyalty as a two-way street." She added that if pay cuts also are imposed on court staff members, she will accept such a cut for herself as well.