State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Time
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Compensation: Over the past four years, the courts have frozen the salaries of judicial officers and court staff and furloughed court staff.
Efficiency Measures: The Arkansas courts have implemented e-filing, an electronic document management system and an enhanced case management system. They enable law enforcement to file e-citations. Persons can make e-payment of fees.
Restructuring: Over the past four years, Arkansas has created a single tier trial court, consolidated the number of districts and reallocated judges to districts based upon weighted caseload.
Business Processes: The courts have implemented an enhanced caseflow management program and have implemented in-court updating of docket entries and sentencing orders.
Centralization: The courts have centralized the qualification and summoning of jurors.
The Arkansas courts are in a worse position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. Operating budgets have been flat for four years. Staff positions in the trial courts have not increased over the past four years.
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