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Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Compensation: Over the past four years, the New Hampshire Judiciary has furloughed judicial officers and court staff.
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the New Hampshire courts have reduced hours of operation, had staff layoffs, and have delayed filling judicial vacancies. They have delayed jury trials. These service reductions have resulted in reduced service to the public, limited access to court services and diverted resources from civil to other mandatory case types.
Efficiency Measures: The New Hampshire courts have implemented e-Citations by law enforcement agencies. In the coming year, the New Hampshire courts plan to implement e-filing, electronic workflow, e-payment of fees and fines and a virtual self-help center.
Restructuring: Since 2009, the New Hampshire courts have created a single tier limited jurisdiction court, consolidated the number of districts, changed jurisdiction to enable the sharing of judicial workload, expanded the use of subordinate judicial officers, consolidated and reduced the number of clerk management positions, expanded the use of part-time and off-hours workers, expanded their dictation center and created a centralized call center.
Business Processes: The New Hampshire courts have implemented and will continue to implement an enhance caseflow management program, have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings and use videoconferencing to conduct arraignments of incarcerated defendants. In FY14, they will experiment with remote video interpretation.
Outsourcing: The New Hampshire courts outsource language access services and the production of transcripts of court proceedings.
Centralization: The New Hampshire Judiciary has established a centralized call center. The call center answers all calls to all of the state’s Circuit Courts. In FY13, they plan to centralize jury qualification and summoning.
The New Hampshire courts are in a better position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice. Their Innovation Commission recommended ways measures identified above that are reducing costs and improving service. When and if resources are expanded, they will be allocated to technology, not to additional case processing staff.
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