Supreme Court backs judges who refused pay cuts

Supreme Court backs judges who refused pay cuts

 

By George Psyllides

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of district court judges who had appealed against the pay cuts imposed as part of the effort to save the economy, arguing that their remuneration was protected by the Constitution.

Almost all district court judges had filed appeals citing Article 158.3 of the Constitution, which states that “the remuneration and other conditions of service of any such judge shall not be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.”

However, from the 84 appeals initially filed, 47 were later withdrawn “in light of the deterioration of the state’s general financial condition without however, the applicants accepting the legality of the contested decisions.”