State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the Arizona courts have reduced hours of operation, had staff layoffs, delayed filling judicial vacancies and have delayed filling vacancies in judicial support positions. In the coming year, they will continue to delay filling vacancies in the clerks’ offices and in judicial support positions. Service reductions have resulted in limited access to court services and have increased backlogs and delays in disposing of cases.
Compensation: Over the past four years, the courts have frozen the salaries of judicial officers and court staff and have furloughed court staff. In the coming year, they will continue to freeze judicial salaries.
Efficiency Measures: The Arizona courts have implemented E-filing, an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system, and electronic workflow. They have enabled law enforcement to file e-citations. Persons can make e-payment of fees and fines, can access virtual self-help centers and can access a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records. Arizona has expanded the use of video technologies, including video recording of court proceedings, video hearings and video interpretation.
Restructuring: Arizona has consolidated courthouses and has reallocated staff. Justice Courts have been co-located at a new regional courthouse. Justice and Superior Courts have been co-located.
Business Processes: The courts have implemented and will continue to implement an enhanced caseflow management program. They have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings and are videoconferencing arraignments and detention hearings and remote interpretation. E-citations and e-filing are eliminating work for state agencies.
Outsourcing: The courts are outsourcing the collection of fines, data entry, electronic filing and the translation of court protective order forms.
Centralization: The courts have a centralized call center and payment center and have centralized collections processing.
The Arizona courts are in a worse position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. The courts and probation departments have undergone substantial budget reductions.
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