A report by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice has indicated that the salaries of judges and prosecutors exceed the average of the 49 countries that were examined, both at the beginning and at the end of their careers.
The document, which evaluates the judicial systems of the member countries of the Council of Europe with data from 2020, points out that the average starting salary of judges and prosecutors in these countries is 46,149 and 37,304 euros gross per year respectively, while in Spain, both figures stand at 51,946 euros gross per year.
In this sense, as visualised in the data provided by the report, Spanish judges have a starting salary equivalent to approximately 230% of the average gross salary in the country, the same as the average of the profiles constructed.
Spanish prosecutors also start work with a salary that represents 230% of the average gross salary, but is higher than the average of the other countries, which is 180%.
The difference becomes much greater when talking about the salaries these professionals earn by the end of their careers.
The average salary for retiring judges in the countries examined is 90,287 euros per year, 450% of the average gross salary of the countries listed.
Prosecutors in these countries tend to end their careers with 67,051 euros per year, 360% of the average gross average salary.
However, the salary of judges and prosecutors at the end of their careers in Spain reaches an average of 130,654 euros per year gross, 570% of the average in the country.
According to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, European countries spent almost €1.1 billion on their judicial systems in 2020, equivalent to €79 per capita and 0.35% of their gross domestic product.
Moreover, the vast majority of European states increased the budget of their judicial systems, with an average of 8% since 2010, and the most significant percentage increase, equal to 12% since 2018, went to public prosecution offices.