With the government set to limit salary increases of Knesset members, Knesset Finance Committee chairman MK Moshe Gafni intends to apply the same limitations to the salaries of judges, Kan Reshet Bet reports.
The Knesset recently decided to accept the advice of the public board that decides MKs' salaries, according to which Knesset members will forgo a large percentage of planned pay raises which will now rise by 5.1 percent rather than 12.5 percent.
With this in mind, Gafni decided that the same logic should be applied to the salaries of judges, ministers, the president, and the prime minister, whose pay increases will also be lowered by a similar amount.
Gafni will bring the decision regarding judges' salaries before the Finance Committee on the same day that the Knesset Committee is set to approve the lower pay raise for Knesset members.
According to the 2019 Judges' Salary Report, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut received a gross monthly salary of 104,256 NIS. The salary included perks such as a car, clothing, a phone, and other items. Altogether, the state spent a sum of 47 million NIS on judges' salaries in 2019.
The average gross monthly salary of the other Supreme Court justices for 2019 was 85,334 NIS. The average gross salary of a district judge was 68 thousand NIS, with more senior judges receiving an average of 78 thousand NIS. The average gross monthly salary of magistrate court judges was 53,360 NIS, with more senior judges receiving 66 thousand NIS.