Judges don’t receive ex-gratia – Chief Justice-nominee clarifies

Chief Justice nominee, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, has debunked the notion that judges receive ex-gratia payments.
Justice Torkornoo made the statement when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Friday.

She explained that salaries and benefits of judges are determined by a presidential committee.

“I think that consistently the Association of Judges and Magistrates have responded to questions on ex-gratia for judges and made it very clear that judges don’t receive ex-gratia.
“We continue in office, we don’t leave office until you retire. We don’t have a cycle, and therefore, the discussion of ex-gratia is not applicable to us.

“This specific provision, where our names are mentioned, how our salaries are set under Article 71, it’s a committee, a presidential committee that does that work. And the framers of the Constitution thought that, that was the appropriate thing to keep us independent and we are not the only persons subject to it. It’s an entrenched provision and can only be changed by a very elaborate position,” she said.


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