2014 Mississippi Code
Title 25 - PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; PUBLIC RECORDS
Chapter 3 - SALARIES AND COMPENSATION
GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 25-3-35 - Salaries of elected judiciary, district attorneys and legal assistants

MS Code § 25-3-35 (2014) What's This?

(1) The annual salaries of the following judges are fixed as follows:

From and after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013:

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court..............................$ 126,292.50

Presiding Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................123,600.75

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................122,460.00

From and after January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014:

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court............................ $ 137,195.00

Presiding Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................134,011.50

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................132,390.00

From and after January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015:

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court............................ $ 148,097.50

Presiding Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................144,422.25

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................142,320.00

From and after January 1, 2016:

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court............................ $ 159,000.00

Presiding Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................154,833.00

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, each.....................152,250.00

There are imposed upon the Supreme Court justices the extra duties of

taking all necessary action to promote judicial education in schools, drug

courts, electronic filing and case management systems as developed by the

Administrative Office of Courts, or such other additional duties as may be

assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. For such extra services

each justice, from and after January 1, 2013, shall receive a sum sufficient

to aggregate, per annum, the salaries set forth in this subsection (1).

The fixed salaries in this subsection (1) shall be paid from the State

General Fund and from the Judicial System Operation Fund created under Section

9-21-45. No less than: One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Three Hundred Ninety

Dollars ($ 115,390.00) of the Chief Justice's salary in this subsection (1),

One Hundred Thirteen Thousand One Hundred Ninety Dollars ($ 113,190.00) of the

salary of a Presiding Justice in this subsection (1), and One Hundred Twelve

Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Dollars ($112,530.00) of the salary of an

Associate Justice in this subsection (1) shall be paid from General Fund

monies; in addition, the Legislature shall appropriate annually from the

Judicial System Operation Fund a sum sufficient to increase the salary of the

Chief Justice, a Presiding Justice and an Associate Justice to the levels set

forth in this subsection (1).

The fixed salaries as specified in this subsection (1) shall be the

exclusive and total compensation which can be reported to the Public

Employees' Retirement System for retirement purposes; however, any judge in

office on December 31, 2003, may continue to report his expense allowance as

part of his compensation for retirement purposes.

(2) The annual salaries of the judges of the Court of Appeals of

Mississippi are fixed as follows:

From and after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013:

Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals........................... $ 117,992.00

Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals, each....................114,994.25

From and after January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014:

Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals........................... $ 127,854.00

Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals, each....................124,938.50

From and after January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015:

Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals........................... $ 137,716.00

Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals, each. 134,882.75

From and after January 1, 2016:

Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals........................... $ 147,578.00

Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals, each....................144,827.00

From and after January 1, 2013, each judge shall receive a sum sufficient

to aggregate, per annum, the salaries set forth in this subsection (2).

The fixed salaries in this subsection (2) shall be paid from the State

General Fund and from the Judicial System Operation Fund created under Section

9-21-45. No less than One Hundred Eight Thousand One Hundred Thirty Dollars ($

108,130.00) of the Chief Judge's salary in this subsection (2) shall be paid

from General Fund monies; in addition, the Legislature shall appropriate

annually from the Judicial System Operation Fund a sum sufficient to increase

the Chief Judge's salary to the level set forth in this subsection (2). No

less than One Hundred Five Thousand Fifty Dollars ($ 105,050.00) of the salary

of an Associate Judge in this subsection (2) shall be paid from General Fund

monies; in addition, the Legislature shall appropriate annually from the

Judicial System Operation Fund a sum sufficient to increase the salary of an

Associate Judge to the level set forth in this subsection (2).

The fixed salaries as specified in this subsection (2) shall be the

exclusive and total compensation which can be reported to the Public

Employees' Retirement System for retirement purposes; however, any judge in

office on December 31, 2003, may continue to report his expense allowance as

part of his compensation for retirement purposes.

(3) The annual salaries of the chancery and circuit court judges are fixed

as follows:

From and after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013:

Chancery Judges, each...........................................$ 112,127.50

Circuit Judges, each..............................................112,127.50

From and after January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014:

Chancery Judges, each...........................................$ 120,085.00

Circuit Judges, each..............................................120,085.00

From and after January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015:

Chancery Judges, each...........................................$ 128,042.50

Circuit Judges, each..............................................128,042.50

From and after January 1, 2016:

Chancery Judges, each...........................................$ 136,000.00

Circuit Judges, each..............................................136,000.00

In addition to their present official duties, the circuit and chancery

judges shall take necessary action to promote judicial education in schools,

drug courts, electronic filing and case management systems as developed by the

Administrative Office of Courts, or such other additional duties as may be

assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. For such extra services

each judge, from and after January 1, 2013, shall receive a sum sufficient to

aggregate, per annum, the salaries set forth in this subsection (3).

The fixed salaries in this subsection (3) shall be paid from the State

General Fund and from the Judicial System Operation Fund created under Section

9-21-45. No less than One Hundred Four Thousand One Hundred Seventy Dollars ($

104,170.00) of the salary of a Chancery or Circuit Judge in this subsection

(3) shall be paid from General Fund monies; in addition, the Legislature shall

appropriate annually from the Judicial System Operation Fund a sum sufficient

to increase the salary of a Chancery or Circuit Judge to the levels set forth

in this subsection (3).

(4) From and after January 1, 2019, and every four (4) years thereafter,

the annual salaries of the judges in subsections (1), (2) and (3) shall be

fixed at the level of compensation recommended by the State Personnel Board

according to the board's most recent report on judicial salaries, as required

under Section 25-9-115, to the extent that sufficient funds are available. The

annual salaries fixed in accordance with this subsection (4) shall not become

effective until the commencement of the next immediately succeeding term of

office.

(5) The Supreme Court shall prepare a payroll for chancery judges and

circuit judges and submit such payroll to the Department of Finance and

Administration.

(6) The annual salary of the full-time district attorneys shall be:

From and after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013:

One Hundred Three Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-two Dollars ($ 103,322.00).

From and after January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014:

One Hundred Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-eight Dollars ($ 110,848.00).

From and after January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015:

One Hundred Eighteen Thousand Three Hundred Seventy-four Dollars ($

118,374.00).

From and after January 1, 2016:

One Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($ 125,900.00).

(7) The annual salary of the full-time legal assistants shall be not less than Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($ 15,000.00) nor more than eighty percent (80%) of the salary of the district attorney for legal assistants who have been licensed to practice law for five (5) years or less; eighty-five percent (85%) of the salary of the district attorney for legal assistants who have been licensed to practice law for at least five (5) years but less than fifteen (15) years; and ninety percent (90%) of the salary of the district attorney for legal assistants who have been licensed to practice law for at least fifteen (15) years or more.

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