State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Compensation: Over the past four years, salaries of judges and court staff had been frozen. Salaries did not increase for several years. Judges and staff received a 3% increase in FY12/13.
Efficiency Measures: The South Carolina courts have implemented an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system, electronic workflow, e-payment of fines and fees, a virtual self-help center and a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records. In the coming year, they will implement e-filing and e-citations by law enforcement agencies.
Business Processes: The South Carolina courts have implemented and will continue to implement an enhanced caseflow management program. They have created a statewide fine schedule for petty misdemeanors and have implemented remote videoconferencing of incarcerated defendants. In the coming year, they plan to transition to digital recording of court proceedings.
Centralization: The Judiciary has expanded centralized courts at the magistrate level, primarily in Criminal Domestic Violations, DUI and Traffic Courts.
The South Carolina courts are in a better position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice, primarily due to improvements in technology.
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