State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
1) The Judiciary has reserved funds for the initiative to replace the state-sponsored case management system. The Nevada Judiciary has also been able to retain ongoing funding needed to maintain the appellate court case management system and to fund routine enhancements. They also have continued collaboration with justice partners in many of these areas.
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased 4%. The number of central office staff has remained the same.
Compensation: Over the past four years, and in the coming year, salaries of court staff have been and will continue to be frozen and reduced. Court staff have been and will continue to be furloughed. Longevity pay for long-term employees has been frozen. Salaries have been reduced by 2.5%, and 48 hours of furlough have been imposed on all managerial, administrative and support staff under the administration of the Supreme Court.
Efficiency Measures: The Nevada courts have implemented e-filing. They have implemented and will continue to implement an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system and electronic workflow. They have implemented e-citation by law enforcement agencies, e-payment of fines and fees and a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records.
Restructuring: The Nevada courts have reallocated judges to districts based upon weighted caseload.
Nevada is in a worse position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice. They have experienced significant turnover because of the freeze in pay, salary reductions and mandatory furloughs. No new initiatives/improvements have been initiated to address any identified needs due to lack of funding.
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