Judicial Remuneration

Security of remuneration is a key feature of judicial independence. Article 35.5 of the Constitution as originally enacted prohibited the reduction of such remuneration while the judge continued in office. Following the economic crash of 2008, Article 35.5 of the Constitution was amended by a referendum held in November 2011 which now provides as follows:

The remuneration of judges shall not be reduced during their continuance in office save in accordance with this section.
The remuneration of judges is subject to the imposition of taxes, levies or other charges that are imposed by law on persons generally or persons belonging to a particular class.
Where, before or after the enactment of this section, reductions have been or are made by law to the remuneration of persons belonging to classes of persons whose remuneration is paid out of public money and such law states that those reductions are in the public interest, provision may also be made by law to make proportionate reductions to the remuneration of judges.

The remuneration of judges was accordingly reduced following the enactment of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2011. The salaries of all judges appointed prior to 01.01.2012 have been significantly reduced and those appointed, after 01.01.2012 are lower still for the first two years following appointment.

The following are the current salaries payable to judges appointed prior to 01.01.2012, inclusive of pension related deduction
Chief Justice and President of the Courts
Chief Justice€ 238,327
President of the Court of Appeal€ 228,253
President of the High Court€ 221,558
President of the Circuit Court € 201,438
President of the District Court€ 154,451
Ordinary Judges
Judge of the Supreme Court€ 208,145
Judge of the Court of Appeal€ 202,329
Judge of the High Court€ 196,410
Judge of the Circuit Court€ 149,207
Judge of the District Court€ 130,197
The following are the current salaries payable to Judges appointed after the 01.01.2012 inclusive of pension related deduction
Year 1Year 2 Year 3
Chief Justice and President of the Courts
Chief Justice€ 214,851€ 226,586€ 238,327
President of the Court of Appeal€ 205,447€ 216,845€ 228,253
President of the High Court€ 199,759€ 210,651€ 221,558
President of the Circuit Court€ 181,652€ 191,542€ 201,438
President of the District Court€ 139,209€ 146,829€ 154,451
Ordinary Judges
Judge of the Supreme Court€ 187,687€ 197,912€ 208,145
Judge of the Court of Appeal€ 182,432€ 192,376€ 202,329
Judge of the High Court€ 177,125€ 186,765€ 196,410
Judge of the Circuit Court€ 134,456 € 141,832€ 149,207
Judge of the District Court€ 117,311€ 123,782€ 130,197