State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: In this fiscal year, the number of judges, trial court clerical staff and central office staff and the amount spent on trial court operating expenses will remain the same.
Compensation: Over the past four years, salaries of court staff have been frozen.
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the North Carolina courts have had 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, delayed jury trials and reduced operational expenditures by restricting travel and by limiting the purchases of supplies and equipment. These service reductions have resulted in reduced service to the public, limited access to the courts and increased delays and backlogs.
Efficiency Measures: The North Carolina courts have implemented an electronic document management system, e-citations by law enforcement agencies and e-payment of fees and fines.
The North Carolina courts are in a worse position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice.
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