This memorandum is not part of
the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This determination, which is deemed to
have come into force on 1 October 2008, and expires on 30 September
2009, sets the salaries and allowances for Judges of the High Court
and District Court benches (including the salaries and allowances
of a District Court Judge who concurrently holds the judicial office
of chief coroner), the Employment Court, and the Maori Land Court.
The Remuneration Authority (the Authority) received detailed written submissions,
including confidential data and movements in remuneration levels for
members of the legal profession. Meetings were also held with representatives
of the various court benches.
was provided with information on the current leave provisions in the
High Court and the District Court. These are a significant part of
the value of any remuneration package.
its 2007 determination, the Authority indicated it would review more
comprehensively the respective administrative responsibilities of
all Heads of Benches. The completed review showed a need to make some
adjustments additional to those made in 2007. These small adjustments
to margins have been incorporated in this determination.
Having regard to all the information available to it,
the Authority decided that an increase of 4.8% should be applied to
salaries with effect from 1 October 2008 with small adjustments
to some Head of Bench positions.