Lok Sabha passes High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015

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The Lok Sabha passed  a bill amending the law on salaries and service conditions of Supreme Court and high court judges to "bring in uniformity in pensions and other conditions of service of the judges". 
 
The Bill amends the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958.

This (the Bill) was brought in under Article 175 (of the constitution) to ensure that there is no discrimination (in salaries, pensions and other service conditions of the judges of the two courts).

High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 :

  • Pension payable to HC judges: The Bill says that a period of 10 years will be added from April 2004 to the service of a Judge, for the purpose of providing pension.  This would be applicable to a judge who has been an advocate of a High Court for at least 10 years.
  • Casual leave for SC and HC judges: The 1954 and 1958 Acts provide for leave on full allowances and half allowances.  The Bill adds that casual leave for SC and HC judges will be computed in a manner to be prescribed.
  • Leave allowances of HC judges: The bill says that  Judges would have the option of availing leave on full allowances, half allowances, or partly full and partly half allowances.
  • Joining time allowance for HC judges:  The 1954 Act provides for an allowance at the rate of 1110 rupees a month instead of salary, in relation to joining time on his return from leave out of India.  The Bill deletes this provision. 

High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2008

The Bill revised the salaries of the judges with effect from January 1, 2006 as follows: 

  • Chief Justice of India – from Rs 33,000/pm to Rs 1,00,000/pm; 
  • Judge of Supreme Court – from Rs 30,000/pm to Rs 90,000/pm; 
  • Chief Justice of High Court – from Rs 30,000/pm to Rs 90,000/pm; 
  • Judges of High Court – from Rs 26,000/pm to Rs 80,000/pm.

The judges are also entitled to allowances such as sumptuary allowance, travelling allowance, rent free house, and conveyance facility.

The Bill also revised the pension a judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court receives after retirement.  It also seeks to revise the amount received by the family after the judge’s death.

The state government may notify certain courts of judicial magistrates of first class or a metropolitan magistrate to be special courts for speedy trials.

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