Saturday, January 24, 2009

Judges Will Take Pay Cuts

More than 60 percent of Connecticut’s 117 probate court judges would take pay cuts totaling $2.1 million across four years under a plan offered by judges to stabilize probate finances.

Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim outlined a four-point plan that also would encourage voluntary consolidation of probate districts, centralize oversight of individual court budgets, and establish a probate appellate system to hear appeals.

The plan, endorsed by more than 80 percent of the Probate Court Assembly, also seeks a $5 million bailout from the state’s General Fund to stabilize a statewide probate system deficit.

Knierim: “The judges took a hard look at the system."

Shelton Probate Judge Fred J. Anthony, president-judge of the assembly: “The probate judges understand the depth and complexity of this crisis and have proposed a realistic, cost-effective way to resolve it.”

Probate judges are elected to four-year terms by voters in the towns they serve. Besides helping families settle estates, probate courts make decisions about guardianships for the mentally ill or mentally retarded, whether to commit such patients, and about termination of parental rights.

Full Article and Source:
Probate judges say they’ll take a pay cut to try to stabilize system

More information:
Probate reform must be on agenda

Probate court reform plan released

Probate judges seek $5 million from state

Judges' Plan A New Bid To Preserve Bloated Probate System

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now we're talking!

A paycut is step one!