Senate Approves Raises for Judges, DAs

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The Mississippi Senate has given final approval to a bill that would increase the salaries of judges,
district attorneys and assistant district attorneys.

House Bill 484 would increase the salaries over a 4-year period.

Money for the judges' raises would come from increasing filing fees in civil courts.

Raises for district attorneys and assistant district attorneys would come from fee increases for various felonies and misdemeanors, including speeding.

Prosecutors and Supreme Court justices watched Wednesday as senators debated the bill.

Chief Justice William Waller says a new system for re-evaluating judges' salaries will prevent the court from having to involve itself so much in the legislative process in the future.

The bill goes to Gov. Phil Bryant, unless any senator holds it for more debate.