Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that an act which "subjects sitting judges to increases in their pension and healtyh care contributions" violates the New Jersey Constitution's "No-Diminuation" clause.
The court majority concluded that the act "serves a legitimate public policy goal, but that goal, as applied to judges, must be achieved through constitutional means."
Two justices dissented, and would hold that the court majority "incorectly imposed on the State the burden of proving the constitutionality" of the act. (Mike Frisch)