1) Personal Services: an additional $494,000 for benefit increases and an additional $250,000 for filling vacancies.
2) Security: an additional 638,000 was received for entry screening.
3) Debt Service: an additional $613,000 was received for debt service for issuance of bonds.
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels: Over the past four years, the number of judges, the number of trial court staff persons, the number central office staff persons and spending on trial court operating expenses has remained the same and will continue to remain the same in FY13.
Compensation: Over the past four years, the Maine courts have frozen the salaries of judicial officers and court staff and will continue to do so in FY13.
Restructuring: The Maine courts have created a unified criminal docket in two locations and are planning to expand the model in FY14 and FY15.
Outsourcing: The Maine courts have outsourced the provision of language access services. Using Google Mail, they have moved from local e-mail/storage servers to the cloud.
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