In a webcast address last week, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told the state’s judges that while the pay raises recommended by a special commission are not what he had hoped for or what he believes would be fair, “the nightmare is over” and jurists should never again endure a lengthy period without a raise.

“While we cannot change the fact that by any standard we have not been treated fairly or respectfully over the last dozen years … the miserable situation that we have endured for so long will shortly be a thing of the past,” Lippman said.