Alabama judges accepted a pay raise of 1.25 percent, approved by the Legislature, while citing budget cutbacks for court layoffs.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price says the pay raise has nothing to do with people getting laid off.
He spoke to the Montgomery Advertiser for a story Sunday about the pay raises that went into effect in 1999. The extra pay is the result of a law that went into effect in 1999 intended to link judges' pay with experience. Alabama's judges are among the highest paid in the nation.
State Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery, a vocal opponent of salary increases for the judiciary, wants judges to decline the extra pay, totaling nearly $14,000 this year for Montgomery County's nine circuit judges.
The raise averages out to $1,549.32 per year per judge.