Salary of Judges in India

Salary of High Court judges

High Court judges recently protested about their current salary structure and demanded that their paychecks should be above the chief secretaries in the states.  In the month of May 2013, they also demanded some relaxation in their retirement age along with a considerable hike in other perks such as free electricity.

The average salary of a High Court judge is around Rs. 80,000 per month, whereas chief secretary earns more than that.  They also approached Chief Justice of India CGI for a hike in the salaries of High Court judges.  As far as other perks are concerned, they asked twice the free electricity, they are getting at present.  So, the total free units demanded were 20,000 against 10,000 units, which are available at present.

Salary of Supreme Court judges

According to article 125 in India, Indian Parliament would decide the salary and other allowances of Supreme Court judges.  But, the Parliament cannot change any of the benefits that may result into disadvantage of the judge, once assigned by it.  A Supreme Court judge gets Rs.90,000, whereas the Chief Justice gets around one lakh rupees.  The revisions were made in 2009, before that the salaries were just one third of it.

Salary of district judge /civil judge

In 2010, the salary and allowances of judges of lower judiciary were revised.  It included civil judges and a few levels of district judges.  According to it, the entry level district judge would get Rs. 28,000 and it was fixed by National Judicial Pay Commission (NJPC).

According to the recommendations of the first NJPC, civil judge (junior division) got Rs. 12,000, district judge (Rs. 21,000) and district judge with (super time scale) got Rs.24,000.  According to the second NJPC, a civil judge (junior division) will get a salary of Rs.35,000.  According to this revision, the new salary of civil judge (senior division) would be Rs.  45,000.  An entry level district judge would get a salary of  Rs. 60,000.  The second NJPC commission was appointed after a SC order.

There was a Salary Amendment Bill introduced in 2008 to review the paychecks of the High Court and Supreme Court Judges in India.  Its aim was to introduce fairness and minimize the tendency of corruption. The Sixth Central Pay Commission was already enforced to improve the financial well being of the central government employees and it increased the salaries, allowances and pensions. According to the Bill, salary of Chief Justice of India was revised from previous Rs 32,000 per month to Rs 1,00,000 per month.  Similarly, the Judge of Supreme Court also got a threefold hike i.e. from a meager Rs 30,000 per month to Rs 90,000 per month.  The similar hike was announced for Chief Justice of High Court.  Judges of High Court went from a humble salary of Rs 25,000 per month to Rs 80,000 per month.

 

Last Updated: 20/09/2013