A plan to cut civil servants' starting salaries should not be applied to judges, the Judiciary has recommended. The suggestion has been made to the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service. 'Judges are appointed according to their experience. We will not recruit fresh graduates,' Judiciary Administrator Wilfred Tsui said yesterday. An advisory body on civil service salaries has suggested cutting starting pay of civil servants by five to 30 per cent according to qualifications. Responding to questions posed by legislators on his job, Mr Tsui said people should judge whether it was money well spent on a senior official such as himself on the basis of the individual's performance. Mr Tsui, who earns $181,050 a month, took the post in June. 'I had not been asked to cut my salary in the [job] interview. 'You should judge by the outcome of my work,' he said. Mr Tsui was formerly a deputy director (management/human resources) of the Hospital Authority.