New Jersey Statutes > Title 52 > Chapter 14F > § 52:14F-4 - Administrative law judges; appointment, terms; compensation; recall
Current as of: 2009
4.Permanent administrative law judges shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to initial terms of one year. During this initial term, each judge shall be subject to a program of evaluation as delineated in section 5 of P.L.1978, c.67 (C.52:14F-5). First reappointment of a judge after this initial term shall be by the Governor for a term of four years and until the appointment and qualification of the judge's successor.
Administrative law judges nominated by the Governor before July 1, 1981 shall, upon their confirmation by the Senate, serve for terms of five years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
Subsequent reappointments of a judge shall be by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to terms of five years and until the appointment and qualification of the judge's successor. The advice and consent of the Senate, as provided in this section, shall be exercised within 45 days after a nomination for appointment has been submitted to the Senate, and if no action has been taken within the 45-day period, the nomination shall be deemed confirmed. This 45-day period shall not apply to any person nominated by the Governor for the position of administrative law judge prior to July 1, 1981.
The annual salary for an administrative law judge during the initial term of one year shall be equal to 75% of the annual salary of a Judge of the Superior Court. The annual salary for a judge during the first year of the first reappointment shall be increased to 78 2/3 % of the annual salary of a Judge of the Superior Court. Upon receipt of satisfactory annual evaluations, the annual salary for a judge shall be increased to 81 2/3 % of the annual salary of a Judge of the Superior Court for the second year of the first reappointment and to 85% of the annual salary of a Judge of the Superior Court for the third year of the first reappointment. The annual salary shall be 85% of the annual salary of a Judge of the Superior Court for the fourth year of the first reappointment and for each year of subsequent reappointments thereafter.
In addition to salary, an administrative law judge regularly assigned as an assignment judge shall receive $2,500 annually as additional compensation, and a judge regularly assigned other administrative or supervisory duties shall receive $1,500 annually as additional compensation.
All administrative law judges, including the Chief Administrative Law Judge, shall be retired upon attaining the age of 70 years, except that any administrative law judge who has retired on pension or retirement allowance may, with the judge's consent, be recalled by the Director/Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Law for service as a recalled judge in the Office of Administrative Law. No recalled judge shall serve beyond his 80th birthday.
Upon such recall the retired judge shall have all the powers of an administrative law judge and shall be paid a per diem allowance fixed by the Director/ Chief Administrative Law Judge. In addition the recalled judge shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually incurred by him in connection with his assignment and shall be provided with such facilities as may be required in the performance of his duties. Such per diem compensation and expenses shall be paid by the State. Payment for services and expenses shall be made in the same manner as payment is made to the judges of the Office of Administrative Law from which he retired.
L.1978,c.67,s.4; amended 1981, c.202, s.2; 1981, c.328, s.1; 1999, c.380, s.9; 2005, c.6, s.1.
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