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State court budgets: Reduce hours, consolidate courts, improve technology

Friday, September 18, 2009

Williamsburg, VA (July 7, 2009) – State courts across the country are implementing numerous and varied cost-cutting measures – from reducing court hours to implementing furloughs and hiring freezes to consolidating courts -- in response to budget cuts brought on by the economic recession, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). With court hours and staff time on the chopping block, an overwhelming number of courts said they are turning to advanced technology as a means to protect the public’s access to courts.

The survey of 54 states and territories found that for Fiscal Year 2010, courts in 27 states have had their budgets reduced, and 12 additional states are anticipating budgets cuts in coming weeks as their Legislatures finalize 2010 state budgets. Ten state court systems have had their budgets reduced by at least 5 percent. To review the survey results state, go to www.ncsconline.org/wc/budget/activities.asp.

 

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