Report: Retired Pa. Judges Earn Millions on Bench

By NBC10.com Staff and Wire Reports
|  Sunday, Oct 6, 2013  |  Updated 5:25 PM EDT
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Report: Retired Pa. Judges Earn Millions on Bench

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Eighty-six retired Pennsylvania judges earned millions of extra dollars last year for part-time duty as "senior judges."

The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre reported Sunday that the "double-dip" arrangement resulted in the judges receiving nearly $11 million, including nearly $4 million in per-diem payments for courtroom work plus $7 million in pension payments.

The report, based on information the newspaper obtained through Right-to-Know request showed Philadelphia Judge Ricardo Jackson received the most combined compensation as a senior judge - more than $176,000.

Court officials say using senior judges is more cost-effective than hiring additional full-time judges as the court system handles about 3.4 million cases a year.

Pennsylvania judges are required to retire at age 70.

Senior judges typically are assigned to cases in their home counties or adjoining counties. 

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