1. The amount budgeted above includes a pass through amount of $25.5 million in FY 2012 and $26.5 million in FY 2013 for the New Jersey State Department of Human Services for the Executive Branches portion of funding for Drug Court patients.
2. There is an increase of $2.5 million for the expansion of New Jersey’s drug court program to include mandatory entry. Of the $2.5 million, $1.0 million is to be passed through to the New Jersey State Department of Human Services of the Executive Branch and the remaining $1.5 million is for the State Judiciary to use to expand the program.
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Compensation: Over the past four years, the New Jersey courts have furloughed and reduced the salaries of court staff. Court executive (managers) salaries were frozen for three years, ending in FY2010.
Efficiency Measures: The New Jersey courts have partially implemented e-court. They have and will continue to implement e-filing, an electronic document management system, electronic workflow, e-citations by law enforcement agencies, e-payment of fines and fees, a virtual self-help center, and a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to court records.
Restructuring: The New Jersey courts have reallocated judges based upon weighted caseload, have reallocated staff and use part-time and off-hours workers and will continue these steps in FY13.
Business Practices: New Jersey has implemented an enhanced caseflow management program and has transitioned and will continue to transition to digital recording of court proceedings. They are videoconferencing arraignments for incarcerated defendants and will expand in FY13.
Outsourcing: The New Jersey courts have outsourced the collection of fines, penalties, bail and fees. They have outsourced the provision of language access services and will expand in FY13.
New Jersey has established a special committee to review budget and staffing issues.
The New Jersey courts are in a better position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice as they have put into place several technological enhancements such as e-filing for landlord/ tenant cases, attorney on-line registrations, and on-line juror registration.
If additional funding becomes available, it will be first allocated towards improving e-courts and other technological improvements and then attaining a full staffing compliment as needed.
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