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Georgia Supreme Court sides with County over judge salary dispute

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Walker County in a suit over a judge's salary. 


Former State Court Judge Bruce Roberts was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by former State Court Judge Donald Peppers.


In October of 2012, Roberts filed suit for what he says was underpayment during his time in office, a total of nearly $80,000. 

The County contended that Mr. Roberts had agreed to a salary of $100,000 per annum when he took office. Roberts said there was no agreement and he should get the same salary as his predecessor because he was serving the unexpired term of Judge Peppers.

On October 30 of 2013, the judge held in Mr. Roberts's favor and awarded him $78,878.55, plus attorney's fees and costs. The county appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court which issued a decision on October 6, 2014, reversing the trial court, and setting aside the award. 


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