State/Local Funding

  • The Indiana Judiciary is funded by a mix of state and local bodies. 
  • The state pays for the Appellate Courts, the Administrative Office of the Courts and for the salaries of trial court judges.  The counties pay for trial court clerical staff, judicial support staff, technology and the operating expenses for the courts.  The counties provide the local courthouses and equipment.

State Revenue and Appropriations

  • Indiana’s total state and federal grant appropriation was reduced from $130.46 million in FY12 to $130.39 million FY13.  The percent of the state general fund appropriation allocated to the Judiciary remained at 0.89%.
  • Over the past four years, funding for technology has decreased 50%.
  • Fees have increased 1% since 2009.
  • The budget situation in the next three years is likely to stay relatively the same.

Funding Principles for Judicial Administration

  • The Judicial Branch does not present the Judiciary’s budget request directly to the Legislative body without prior approval by the Executive Branch.  The budget is reviewed by the budget agency in the Executive Branch that submits a recommendation to the Legislature.
  • The Judicial Branch has budget authority to manage and administer appropriated funds without restrictions of detailed budget line items.
  • The FY13 budget does not enable the courts to provide and enhance necessary technology to meet the demands of the public.  Funding for an enhanced case management system has been cut.
  • The introduction of technologies has enabled the courts and others to provide and receive enhanced court services.  These services include e-citations for law enforcement agencies, improved case management, and a protective order registry.

Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times

Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: 

  • Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased 2%.
  •  In the coming year, the number of judges will increase 2%.

Service Reductions: 

  • Over the past four years, the Indiana courts have had staff layoffs.
  • In the coming year, they will continue to delay filling vacancies.

Efficiency Measures:  The Indiana courts have implemented and will continue to implement e-filing and an electronic document management system.  They have implemented e-payment of fines and fees and e-citations by law enforcement.

Business Processes:  The Indiana courts have implemented enhanced caseflow management programs and have implemented remote videoconferencing of incarcerated defendants.  They have implemented in-court updating for docket entries and for producing sentencing and other orders. 

A group of judges has established a strategic planning committee to study unification of the court system as a means of lowering the cost of court services.

Reports and Articles

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