Budget Resource Center

"We have a tragedy taking place in our courts," attorney and NCSC Board member Ted Olson told an audience May 1, 2012, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., referring to severe budget cuts to state courts.

NCSC's Budget Resource Center offers:

  • recent statistical snapshots of the fiscal reality of courts across the nation, showing how courts have adapted over the course of the economic downturn;
  • tools, like our e-Courts Benefits Calculator, public-opinion research on court funding; and guide to funding principles, that can intelligently inform court budget management, analysis and strategy;
  • timely updates on funding news via our State Courts and the Economy newsletter and continuing coverage of the work of the American Bar Association's Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System.
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Budgets & Funding

This year’s survey of the Conference of State Court Administrators gathered information on the sources of funding for the states’ courts and on the impact that the tough economic climate of the past four years has had on the ability of the states’ courts to provide access to justice and the fair and timely resolution of disputes.

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E-Courts Benefits Calculator

This calculator enables courts to estimate what they could save if court technology projects were funded, helping to justify such projects with key funders in these difficult budget times.

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Analysis & Strategy

Let our analysis inform your strategy, through examples of court funding analyses; survey results showing how the public perceives the court funding crisis; NCSC's Principles for Judicial Administration; and archived material from each of the ABA task force summits.