State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, the number of judges has remained the same. Central office staff has increased in the area of information technology.
Compensation: Over the past four years, at the state level, the Legislature has implemented furloughs and salary reductions for non-judicial staff (all but judges). In addition, across-the-board budget reductions have also resulted in salary freezes (beyond the furlough and salary reductions). At the local level, budget reductions have resulted in salary freezes and furloughs for non-judicial staff.
Efficiency Measures: The Washington courts have implemented and will continue to implement e-citations by law enforcement agencies. In the coming year, they plan to implement e-filing, an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system, and electronic workflow.
Business Processes: The Washington courts plan to implement in the coming year an enhanced caseflow management program, the transition to digital recording of court proceedings and remote videoconferencing of interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency.
Outsourcing: The Washington courts have outsourced the collection of fines and the provision of language access services.
Centralization: Washington currently has five judicial districts that allow for efficient case processing as well as other combined functions.
Washington has established a commission to address court funding.
The Washington courts are in a worse position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice, primarily due to improvements in technology. If the budget situation improves, in those areas where quality services are being provided at lower costs, additional monies will not be used to automatically restore cuts on a one-to-one basis.
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