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Supreme Court Chief Justice is committed to giving fair compensation to branch workers

By The Star Staff

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez announced recently that judicial branch workers would receive a non-recurring payment of $3,000.

“The Judiciary has been providing essential services to the community amid the public health emergency due to COVID-19. This has been possible thanks to officials of this branch of government committed to maintaining public order and guaranteeing access to justice. Therefore, after months of efforts and after obtaining the necessary funds, we granted this payment to the staff in recognition of their important work, encouraging the timely resolution of cases and avoiding delays in the judicial operations,” Oronoz Rodríguez said last week.

She also reiterated her commitment to addressing the wage lag experienced by her staff.

Despite the budgetary challenges caused by the recent government fiscal crisis, the Judiciary has sought the responsible use of public funds to ensure staff compensation, including Christmas bonuses, the employer contribution to the medical plan, and salary increases for years of service, remain intact, she said.

“Likewise, after persistent claims before the other branches of government and the Financial Oversight and Management Board, we obtained the approval of an increase of $200 per month for the personnel, which we got at the beginning of the current fiscal year,” she explained.

The presiding judge assured that “the Judiciary will continue to fight to obtain the necessary resources to implement a broad review of all salary scales.” In addition, she will insist on the implementation of a revised Compensation Plan.

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