Arizona's judges are overdue for a pay raise and should get a $15,000 hike, a citizens' panel decided Monday.

But its recommendation is a long way from a final decision: Gov. Doug Ducey, as well as lawmakers, will get to weigh in on the proposal.

The justices, from the state Supreme Court to county Superior Courts, last received a pay increase in 2008, state records show. A $15,000 raise, although it sounds high, effectively would bring their salaries in line with inflation, the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers decided on a 4-0 vote.

"This is more an adjustment than a raise," said Joe Kanefield, an attorney who serves on the panel.

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