The state Judicial Compensation Commission has recommended a multiyear pay raise plan for Louisiana's judges.
The plan would this year increase Supreme Court justices' pay by 5.5 percent, appeals court judges by 3.7 percent and general trial court judges by 4 percent.
The Advocate reports the raise would cost an estimated $1.7 million.
The plan approved Monday now advances to the Louisiana Legislature for consideration.
Twenty-two appeals court judgeships are on the Nov. 6 ballot, but voters will only make choices in five of those races.
That's because more than three-quarters of the jobs were handed to candidates when they attracted no opposition as the qualifying period closed last week.
Most of those were incumbents, but five candidates are getting the 10-year terms for the first time without even a challenge, all district court judges moving up the judicial system ladder.
In Louisiana, races for the judiciary often attract little attention.