WA magistrates seek pay freeze reversal

Magistrates in Western Australia who earn $327,000 a year say the state government's pay freeze for senior public officials is "unfair" and have urged Attorney-General John Quigley to back down.

A letter from the Magistrates' Society of WA to Mr Quigley in January, obtained under Freedom of Information, says the freeze, legislated in February, effectively would reduce salaries for judicial officers while there is increasing pressure on courts, The West Australian reports on Monday.

"The pay freeze is being implemented at a time when both the criminal and civil jurisdiction of magistrates, and consequently the workload of magistrates, is in the process of being expanded. As a result, magistrates will be required to work harder, while their salary reduces in real terms, without any prospect of that reduction ever being made up," the letter reads.