Salary upgrade for DPP, Attorney General come April
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the basic salaries of Government's senior legal officers like the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Attorney General, will be increased come April 1, as part of a reclassification exercise.
The Chief Parliamentary Counsel, head of the Legal Reform Department and the Solicitor General are the other positions being given a raise.
Under Section 94 of the Constitution, which establishes the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, the holder must have the qualifications of a judge of the Supreme Court.
Before deductions, a Supreme Court judge’s basic salary is about $6 million annually or $524,000 monthly.
They also get allowances for housing, entertainment, library, leave, robing and security.
Chuck says the DPP was getting far less.
In 1994, the Government linked the salaries, but that policy was ended in 2008.
Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Mark Golding welcomed Chuck's announcement, noting that the previous Simpson Miller administration was considering the proposal.