asked the Minister for Justice if he will state whether any increase direct or indirect was given since March, 1957, in respect of the salaries, expenses and other emoluments of any kind paid to (a) judges of the Supreme Court, (b) judges of the High Court, (c) judges of the Circuit Court or (d) justices of the District Court; and, if so, the amount of any such increase in each case.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Salaries and Emoluments of Judges and Justices.
There has been no increase in judicial salaries. As regards expenses and other emoluments the position with regard to increases given within the period mentioned by the Deputy is as follows:—
In the case of the circuit going judges of the High Court and of the Supreme Court there has been substituted for the arrangement under which each of the judges was granted a sum of £50 to meet the travelling and other expenses of himself and his crier and a further £50, if this was found to be inadequate, an arrangement under which the judges assigned to the southern circuit, where there has been a substantial increase in the duration of the sittings, are allowed £125 and the judges assigned to the other circuits £100.
In the case of the circuit judges there has been an increase amounting at the maximum to 10/- and 11/6 a night respectively in the two principal rates of subsistence allowance with a corresponding adjustment of the minor rates. Commuted allowances have been adjusted on this basis.