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Retired Pa. judges reportedly earn millions on bench

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM
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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 reports 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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