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2nd National Judicial Pay Commission submits its Report

Second National Judicial Pay Commission submits its Report

The Second National Judicial Pay Commission has filed the main part of the Report in 4 volumes covering the subject of Pay, Pension and Allowances, in the Registry of the Supreme Court on 29.01.2020.

The Commission has been constituted pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court in All India Judges Association case and the Government of India, Ministry of Law & Justice issued a Notification dated 16.11.2017 in this regard.

Shri Justice P.V. Reddi, former Judge of the Supreme Court is the Chairman, Shri Justice R. Basant, former Judge of Kerala High Court is the Member and Shri Vinay Kumar Gupta, District Judge of Delhi Higher Judicial Service is the Member-Secretary of the Commission.

The Interim Report was submitted by the Commission in 2018.

The salient recommendations are:


The Commission having considered various alternative methodologies has recommended the adoption of Pay Matrix which has been drawn up by applying the multiplier of 2.81 to the existing pay, commensurate with the percentage of increase of pay of High Court Judges. @ 3% cumulative has been applied.

As per the revised pay structure evolved by the Commission, the Junior Civil Judge/First Class Magistrate whose staring pay is Rs.27,700/- will now get Rs.77,840/-. The next higher post of Senior Civil Judge starts with the pay of Rs.1,11,000/- and that of the District Judge Rs.1,44,840/-. The highest pay which a District Judge (STS) will get, is Rs.2,24,100/-.

The percentage of Selection Grade and Super Time Scale District Judges proposed to be increased by 10% and 5% respectively.

The revised pay and pension will be effective from 01.01.2016. Arrears will be paid during the Calendar year 2020 after adjusting the interim relief.


Pension at 50% of last drawn pay worked out on the basis of proposed revised pay scales is recommended w. e. f. 1-1-2016. The family pension will be 30% of the last drawn pay. Additional quantum of pension will commence on completing the age of 75 years (instead of 80 years) and percentages at various stages thereafter are increased. The existing ceiling of retirement gratuity and death gratuity will be increased by 25% when the DA reaches 50%.

Nodal officers will be nominated by the District Judges to assist the pensioners/family pensioners.

Recommendation has been made to discontinue the New Pension Scheme (NPS) which is being applied to those entering service during or after 2004. The old pension system, which is more beneficial, will be revived.


The existing allowances have been suitably increased and certain new features have been added. However, the CCA is proposed to be discontinued.

Recommendations are made to improve the medical facilities and to simplify the reimbursement procedure. Medical facilities will be granted to pensioners and family pensioners also.

Certain new allowances viz. children education allowance, home orderly allowances, transport allowance in lieu of pool car facility, have been proposed. HRA proposed to be increased uniformly in all States. Steps to ensure proper maintenance of official quarters recommended.

The recommendations made by the Commission are applicable to the Judicial officers throughout the country.

Supreme Court will have to issue directions regarding the implementation of recommendations after hearing the stakeholders.

Source: PIB (06 February 2020)

2nd National Judicial Pay Commission

The Supreme Court of India on 09.05.2017 in Writ Petition No.643/2015 directed to appoint a Judicial Pay Commission to review the pay scales, emoluments and service conditions of the Judicial Officers of Subordinate Judiciary in India. Accordingly, with the approval of the Cabinet, the Government notified setting up of the SNJPC on 16.11.2017 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Justice (Retd.) P.VenkataramaReddi, former Judge of Supreme Court of India.

Member- Mr. Justice (Retd.) R. Basant, former Judge of Kerala High Court.

Member Secretary (to be chosen by the Commission, preferably a Judicial Officer).

SNJPC has submitted their report to this Department on dated 04.02.2020. A copy of report has been submitted to Supreme Court of India and to State Governments. The recommendations of SNJPC are under consideration of Supreme Court of India. This Department has filed its views/comments on the recommendations of SNJPC in the Supreme Court of India on 22.06.2020.

The recommendations of SNJPC shall be considered by this Department in respect of judicial officers of the Union Territories in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and necessary orders will be issued to Union Territories to revise the pay and allowance of Judicial Officers under their administrative control.

Revised Rates of Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Supreme Court and High Court Judges w.e.f. 01.01.2016

Designation Salary Pension Gratuity
Chief Justice of India Rs.2,80,000/-p.m. Rs.16,80,000/- per annum
+Dearness Relief
Judges of Supreme Court Rs.2,50,000/-p.m. Rs.15,00,000/- per annum
+Dearness Relief
Chief Justices of High Court Rs.2,50,000/-p.m. Rs.15,00,000/- per annum
+Dearness Relief
Judges of High Court Rs.2,25,000/-p.m. Rs.13,50,000/- per annum
+Dearness Relief


Designation Furnishing
HRA Sumptuary Allowance
Chief Justice of India Rs.10,00,000/- 24% of Basic Salary Rs.45,000/-
per month
Judges of Supreme Court Rs.8,00,000/- 24% of Basic Salary Rs.34,000/-
per month
Chief Justices of High Court Rs.8,00,000/- 24% of Basic Salary Rs.34,000/-
per month
Judges of High Court Rs.6,00,000/- 24% of Basic Salary Rs.27,000/-
per month

Revised Scales of Pay of Officers & Staff of Supreme Court of India As Per 7th Central Pay Commission

Revised Pay Scale View in PDF Format

Post 7th Pay Level Basic Salary
Secretary-General Level 17 Rs. 2,25,000
Registrar Level 15 Rs. 1,82,200
Additional Registrar Level 14 Rs. 1,44,200
Deputy Registrar Editor (Supreme Court Reports) Director (Library) Level 13 Rs. 1,23,100
Assistant Registrar PPS to Hon’ble Chief Justice of India Assistant Registrar-cum-Private Secretary Chief Librarian Assistant Editor (Supreme Court Reports) Level 12 Rs. 78,800
Court Master Branch Officer Librarian P.S. to Registrar Senior Assistant Librarian Assistant Director (Supreme Court Museum) Level 11 Rs. 67,700
Personal Secretary to Additional Registrar Senior Personal Assistant Senior Court Assistant/ Editor of Paper Books/ Court Associate Sr. Court Assistant-cum-Sr. Programmer Sr. Court Assistant (Sr. Translator) Assistant Librarian Level 8 Rs. 47,600
 Court Assistant Court Assistant (Technical Assistant-cum-Programmer) Court Assistant (Junior Translator) Personal Assistant Level 7 Rs. 44,900
Junior Court Assistant Level 6 Rs. 35,400
 Chauffeur Special Process Server Photocopy/ Digital Duplicating Machine Operator Grade-I Library Attendant Grade-I Restorer Grade-I Level 5 Rs. 29,200
 Photocopy/ Digital Duplicating Machine Operator Grade-II Library Attendant Grade-II Restorer Grade-II Level 4 Rs. 25,500
 Senior Court Attendant Usher Jamadar (Farash) Jamadar (Safaiwala) Level 4 Rs. 25,500
 Junior Court Attendant Chamber Attendant (R) Chamber Attendant (T) Level 3 Rs. 21,700