The Ministry of Justice has announced 5% fee increases for all part-time judges, coming into force from 1 August.

In a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons, justice secretary Chris Grayling confirmed increases in daily rates for all levels of deputy judges.

Deputy or retired High Court judges' fees will rise from £801 to £839. 

Recorders and deputy circuit judges will be paid £623, a rise from £595. Deputy district judges will receive £488 compared with their current £477, while pay for deputy Supreme Court masters, deputy costs judges and deputy bankruptcy registrars increases from £477 to £500.

Grayling said the decisions were a consequence of the Supreme Court ruling in O'Brien v Ministry of Justice and the Miller & Others v Ministry of Justice Employment Tribunal ruling.

The first judgment found that part-time judges were entitled to the same pension and conditions as their full-time colleagues, while in Miller the tribunal ruled that part-time fee-paid judges had been discriminated against by the ministry.

Earlier this week, the MoJ established a judicial pay claims unit (JPCU) to deal with claims for underpayment and compensation.

Argument continues over the date from which extra pension claims can be backdated.

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