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Salary, pension changes prompt exodus of judges

December 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — An unusual number of state judges retired from the bench this year, a development likely tied to a recent salary increase for the jurists.

The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/11YmPZQ ) reports that 32 judges announced their retirements in 2014, including 17 who had not yet reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The pay hike for judges — the first since 2006 — also boosted annual pensions by $22,500. Many were also able to collect large payments for unused vacation and sick time.

The Globe says the 32 retirements were more than double the number in a typical year and the most in at least 15 years.

The two-stage salary increase approved by lawmakers boosted annual pay for most judges to just under $160,000 a year, still below a majority of states.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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