TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 10, 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled this week that Congress violated the Constitution’s compensation clause when it withheld cost of living adjustments from federal judges. Congress promised cost of living increases for judges in exchange for limits on outside income in the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. But it consistently blocked those increases in the 1990s. Six judges have been fighting for restoration of the cuts. The ABA Journal reports that the case likely will be appealed to the Supreme Court.