Nova Scotia

Pay of Nova Scotia judges, who currently earn $231K, coming up for review

Just how much should Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judges make? A tribunal to decide that question is now inviting submissions and gearing up for a public hearing next month.

Tribunal is accepting submissions from the public and interest groups, and will hold hearing July 28

Halifax provincial court on Spring Garden Road. (Robert Short/CBC)

Just how much should Nova Scotia provincial court judges make?

A tribunal that will contemplate the question is now inviting submissions and gearing up for a public hearing next month. But the tribunal is operating under different rules than in the past.

In May, the provincial Liberal government introduced changes to the legislation that governs the tribunal, giving provincial cabinet the final say on judges' pay.

"This is about the province's ability to pay and who should determine that," Premier Stephen McNeil said at the time the changes were introduced.

In the past, the tribunal's recommendations were binding on the government without any opportunity for cabinet to make changes.

The current base salary for the province's 35 provincial and family court judges is $231,500. They also get pension, health and disability coverage.

A hearing is set for July 28 to allow the public and interest groups a chance to provide input.

The tribunal is also accepting written submissions until next Thursday. The tribunal's recommendations will be effective from April 2017 to March 2020.