State Revenue and Appropriations
1. For FY13, the D.C. Courts are financed by a six-month continuing resolution. The FY13 appropriation amount, above, annualizes this funding.
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Tim
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, while the number of judges has remained the same, the number of trial court staff has increased 3%, the number of central office staff has increased 7% and the funds available for trial court operating expenses has increased 10%. Increases have focused on juvenile probation services. No changes to staffing levels will be made in the coming year.
Service Reductions: The D.C. Courts have deferred capital projects and plan to do so in FY13.
Compensation: Over the past four years, Congress has frozen judicial salaries. Court staff will not receive cost of living increases in the coming year
Efficiency Measures: The D.C. Courts have implemented e-filing, an enhanced case management system, electronic workflow and e-payment of fees and fines. They have implemented a virtual self-help center and a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to court records. They have enabled law enforcement to file e-citations. The courts automated issuance of warrants using online video conferencing. Submission and payment of court-appointed attorney vouchers has been automated, along with internal processes.
Restructuring: The D.C. Courts have reallocated staff and make use of part-time and off-hours workers.
Business Processes: The courts have implemented and continue to implement an enhanced caseflow management program.
Centralization: As a unified court in a geographically small jurisdiction, the D.C. Courts are fully centralized.
The D.C. Courts are in a better position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. They have undertaken numerous initiatives since FY2009, including the creation of self-help centers for unrepresented parties, in cooperation with the D.C. Bar; implementation of time standards for trial cases; adoption of courtwide performance measures; increased information available on the Courts’ website; increased outreach to the community; expanded community courts and other problem solving courts (such as family treatment and mental health courts); and increased automation.
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