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Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased by 1% while the number of trial court staff and central office staff has remained the same. In the coming year, the number of judges will be reduced by 1%.
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the Missouri courts imposed staff layoffs and have delayed filling judicial vacancies and vacancies in the clerks’ offices and in judicial support positions. They have reduced the use of retired judges. In the coming year, they will again delay filling judicial vacancies and reduce the use of retired judges.
Compensation: Over the past four years, salaries have been frozen for court staff.
Efficiency Measures: The Missouri courts have implemented e-filing along with an electronic document management system. Law enforcement can file e-citations. The courts have created a virtual self-help center.
The Missouri courts are in a similar position as they were four years ago to provide access and timely justice.
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