SC approves salary hike for first-level court judges

The Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for an increase in the salary of first-level court judges across the country.

This, as newly-appointed Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro ordered the implementation of an administrative order increasing the salary grade of judges in municipal trial courts, municipal circuit trial courts, municipal trial courts in cities and shari’a circuit courts.

It could be recalled that salary hike for judges was one of the judicial reforms de Castro wants to implement during her short stay in the country’s top judicial seat.

In a resolution dated Sept. 11, judges in lower courts with salary grade 26 and 27,
will now be increased to 28.

This means their salaries will increase from P102,000 to P114,000 to about P127,000 effective last July 1, under the third tranche of increases in salaries of government personnel this year.

“The funding requirements for the corresponding salary adjustments shall be sourced from the available savings of the lower courts pending issuance of the Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action (NOSCA) and release of the corresponding funds by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM),” the Sept. 11 resolution read.

De Castro approved the recommendation of Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez for the implementation of the increase even ahead of issuance of the NOSCA and issuance of funds by the DBM.

“The Office of the Court Administrator, through the Financial Management Office, will use the lower courts’ savings deposited in the Local Bank Account to augment the requirement for the grant of the above mentioned upgrading of positions effective 1 July 2018, pending the issuance of NOSCA and release of corresponding funds by the DBM,” Marquez said in his memorandum to de Castro.

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