Supreme Court Grants Direct Certification in DePascale v. New Jersey (Judges’ Pension Contribution Case)

Today, the Supreme Court issued an order granting direct certification in DePascale v. New Jersey.  The question presented, as summarized by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “as applied to certain justices and judges, does the Pension and Health Care Benefits Act, P.L. 2011, c. 78, which increases public employees’ contribution rates for their pension and healthcare benefits, operate to diminish judicial salaries and thereby violate article VI, § 6, ¶6 of the New Jersey Constitution?”  A discussion of one aspect of the Law Division’s decision, which found that result unconstitutional, can be found here.  The State’s brief is due by December 28, 2011 and DePascale’s response is due by January 27, 2012.