Legislative authorization for annual adjustments expired in 2008, which was the last year Ohio judges received a pay adjustment. Legislation has been introduced that would increase the annual salaries of Ohio Supreme Court justices and judges of appeals courts, common pleas courts, municipal courts and county courts by 5 percent each year for four years.
The bill specifies the state would pay the full cost of the increases. Generally, the cost of judges’ salaries in the common pleas courts, municipal courts and county courts is split between state and local governments. Ohio courts see some of the largest numbers of caseloads in the country but rank very low in judicial compensation by comparison. OFBF policy is supportive of this type of adjustment.