Document Type


Publication Date



For our state judges today, let us put aside what might be thought their appropriate "reward" compared to the "reward" for private-sector lawyers. Of course judges earn less than they would in private practice, and of course judges enjoy "rewards" other than salaries. What is surprising is how severe the gap is between the pay for judges and for the private bar-and, strikingly, the gap between the pay for judges and for other public employees. What is deeply disturbing, indeed dangerous, is how the gaps are worsening. Our compensation for judges is so low, that by reducing the caliber and stature of those who are in "the pool... willing to serve," this treatment is the most widespread, persistent, and damaging attack on judicial independence-as Chief Justice Roberts said.

Publication Citation

82 Ind. L.J. 1273-1283 (2007)

Included in

Judges Commons