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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