State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Compensation: Salaries of judges and court staff have been frozen for a portion of the past four years.
Efficiency Measures: The Nebraska courts have implemented and will continue to implement e-filing, an electronic document management system, an enhanced case management system, electronic workflow, and a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records. The public can make e-payment of fines and fees. In the coming year, they will implement e-citations by law enforcement agencies.
Restructuring: The Nebraska courts have reallocated judges to districts based upon weighted caseload, consolidated clerk management positions, reallocated staff and started using part-time and off-hours workers.
Business Processes: The Nebraska courts have implemented “in-court updating” for docket entries and sentencing orders and have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings. The courts do remote videoconferencing of incarcerated defendants and use remote videoconferencing of interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency. In the coming year, they will begin videoconferencing hearing of detained juveniles.
The Nebraska courts are in a better position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice. Two factors have contributed to the courts moving to a better position: (1) an on-going Reengineering Committee formed with the help of the National Center for State Courts, (2) the State of Nebraska’s fiscal position improved.
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