In a race to outpace an impending state-mandated increase in General Session Judge Terry Gregory’s salary; Moore County General Sessions Court litigation tax will increase by up to $9 effective on Nov. 1.
That increases the tax from $6 to up to $15 per case. Under current state law, local court systems are required to keep litigation taxes at $6 unless an increase is necessary to fund a state-mandated increase in a judges salary.
As a General Session Judge in a county with a population of less than 10,000 people, Judge Gregory makes an annual salary of $65,276, which includes his base salary and additional compensation for work in the juvenile jurisdiction and domestic relations.
According to state law, he is considered a part-time judge who may also maintain an independent law practice as long as it does not create a conflict of interest with his judging duties. General Sessions judge salaries are re-evaluated every year and are based in part on the consumer price index of the two previous years, according to the state statue.
“This is simply an effort on our part to keep us ahead of the curve,” said Mayor Sloan Stewart.
The tax will remain in effect until the end of the current fiscal year at which point it will be re-evaluated.
Litigation taxes are collected whenever a civil case is filed and when a criminal case results in a conviction.
The Metro Council unanimously approved the litigation tax increase.•