Court rules judges' pay unconstitutionally low

Judges' salary system is not in line with the Latvian Constitution, according to a ruling delivered on October 26 by the Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court said in the ruling that the current value of their salaries does not ensure the judges’ financial security. 

In other words, the court says they are being paid too little.

The unconstitutional regulation will become invalid as of January 1, 2019, which means that lawmakers have been given time to draw up new legislation in accordance with the Constitution.

The balance was broken after judges were included in the public sector’s unified salary system and their salaries were aligned with the salaries of highly-qualified lawyers, applying a specific coefficient. However, when caps on public sector employees’ bonuses and extra allowances were lifted, the judges were left with salaries that were 50 percent smaller than those of public servants, the association of administrative judges said. 

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