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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 Idaho courts have delayed filling judicial vacancies and have delayed filling vacancies in judicial support positions. They have reduced travel and education and did not replace computer equipment. These reductions have resulted in reduced service to the public.
Compensation: Over the past four years, the courts have frozen the salaries of judicial officers and court staff and furloughed court staff. Idaho judges voluntarily worked two days without pay. A 2% pay increase was received this year.
Efficiency Measures: The Idaho courts enable law enforcement to file e-citations. Persons can make e-payment of fees and fines and have access to a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records. In the coming year, Idaho will implement e-filing, an electronic document management system and an enhanced case management system.
Restructuring: Idaho has expanded the use of retired senior judges and has assigned sitting judges temporarily to the counties where the caseload needs are greatest.
Business Processes: The courts have implemented “in-court updating” and have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings. The Idaho courts are implementing an enhanced caseflow management program. The courts have aggressively instituted an “advancing justice” initiative to resolve cases more timely using the model time standards as a framework for review.
Centralization: The courts have centralized the financial review of all conservator reports and in the next year will be centralizing the qualification and summoning of jurors. The courts are examining the centralization of collections.
The Idaho courts are in a better position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. They have renewed their commitment to timely justice, achieving efficiencies through technology, and protecting families, children and communities through problem-solving courts, family court services and other innovative methods.
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