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Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Costs: Over the past four years, while the number of judges has remained the same, the number of trial court staff has decreased 25% and the number of central office staff has decreased 17%. Trial court operating expenses have remained the same. In the coming year, the number of judges and staff and the amount spent on operating costs will remain the same.
Compensation: Over the past four years, salaries of court staff have been frozen.
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the courts have had staff layoffs.
Efficiency Measures: The Tennessee courts have implemented a virtual self-help center. In the coming year, they plan to implement an enhanced case management system, a virtual web-based information center to provide public access to records and e-citations by law enforcement agencies.
Business Processes: The Tennessee courts have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings. In the coming year, they plan to implement remote videoconferencing of incarcerated defendants and remote videoconferencing of interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency.
The Tennessee courts are in a better position than in FY09 to provide access and timely justice. The Supreme Court has implemented an Access to Justice program that provides additional programs and resources to the public.
If additional funds are restored, the Tennessee courts would use the funds to help restore some of the deep cuts in technology. Most of their budget cuts are considered permanent.
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