Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels: Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased by 6%, the number of trial court staff persons has increased by 2%. The number of central office staff persons has increased 1% and spending on trial court operating expenses has increased 16%. In FY13, the number of trial court staff will increase 1% and trial court operating expenses will increase 6%.
Service Reductions: Non-judicial positions are only funded at 95% of the budgeted cost. To meet this underfunding requirement as non-judicial positions are vacated, rehires are not made until a 30-day vacancy period has been satisfied. Requests for waivers of the required 30-day vacancy period can be approved by the administrative director.
Restructuring: The Alaska courts have expanded the jurisdiction and use of subordinate judicial officers, reallocated staff, and made use of part-time staff and off-hours workers. They will continue to reallocate staff. They are expanding their use of retired and pro tem judges.
Outsourcing: The Alaska courts have outsourced network services and the provision of language access services.
Centralization: The Alaska courts have centralized jury qualification and summoning.
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