Survey finds judges are worried about their personal safety and salaries

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1st March 2017 12:35 - Professional Services

Survey finds judges are worried about their personal safety and salaries: According to a recent professional services survey, nearly 50 per cent of all high court judges intend to leave the bench prematurely.Survey finds judges are worried about their personal safety and salaries

The survey has discovered extensive bitterness across the judiciary surrounding worsening working conditions, a loss of earning and fears over personal safety in court, with 51 per cent of the judges said that they were concerned for their personal safety.

Entitled, the Judicial Attitudes Survey, the survey was conducted in the summer of 2016 and discovered that 42 per cent of judges would leave the judiciary if they had another valid option, a notable increase on the 23 per cent that was recorded in 2014.

Of the salaried judges in the survey, 36 per cent said that they might contemplate an early exit of the judiciary in the next five years. This figure included 47 per cent of high court judges, 41 per cent of court appeal judges and 40 per cent of crown court judges.

The survey also revealed that between 2009 and 2013, there was a freeze in judicial salaries which was followed by a 1 per cent annual increase for the following three years to 2017. To put this in perspective, a high court judge earns approximately £180,000 per year and a crown court judge earns around £134,000 per year.

Almost two in three of the judges in the survey said that their salary and decreasing pension rights was directly attributable to their low morale.

Of the judges, 78 per cent said that they had seen a loss of net earnings in the last two years, and a further 62 per cent said that they had been impacted by pension changes. Additionally, 74 per cent said that they believe their salary does not sufficiently reflect the work that they have done.

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