The Hawaii Judiciary is primarily a state funded system.
The state pays for the salaries of judges, support staff and clerical staff and for trial court technology, operating expenses, local courthouses and equipment.
State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased by 1%. This coming year, the number of judges, the number of staff positions and funding for court operating expenses will remain the same.
Compensation: Over the past four years, the courts have reduced the salaries of judicial officers and court staff. Judicial officers were furloughed. The judges not only received a 5% pay cut; they did not receive their scheduled salary increases set by the Commission on Salaries for the fiscal years 2010 through 2013.
Efficiency Measures: The Hawaii courts have implemented e-filing, an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system, electronic workflow and e-payment of fees and fines. They have implemented a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to court records. In the coming year, they will enable law enforcement to file e-Citations.
Business Processes: The courts have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings and now use videoconferencing of arraignments and detention hearings for detained adults and juveniles.
Service reductions have resulted in the Hawaii Judiciary being in a worse position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. Budget cuts from $150 million in FY09 to $135 million in FY13 have meant a reduction in services provided by and through the Judiciary, especially in the purchase of services related to providing victim/client/offender treatment, services and support. The budget cut and loss of positions in FY10 has contributed to some delays in other services and the ability to perform certain functions in a desired manner.
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