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Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses: Over the past four years, the number of judges has increased 1%. The number of trial court staff has increased 1%. Central office staff has decreased1%. In the coming year, staffing will remain the same.
Compensation: Over the past four years, salaries of judicial officers and court staff have been frozen. Court staff have been furloughed. Some retirement and health insurance costs have been moved from the state to the employees.
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the Wisconsin courts have reduced hours of operation, had staff layoffs and have delayed filling judicial vacancies and vacancies in the clerks’ offices and in judicial support positions. They have reduced the use of retired judges and have delayed jury trials.
Efficiency Measures: The Wisconsin courts have implemented e-filing, electronic workflow and in-court updating for docket entries and sentencing orders. In the coming year, they plan to implement an electronic document management system and an enhanced case management system. They have implemented e-citation by law enforcement agencies, e-payment of fines and fees and virtual self-help centers.
Business Processes: The Wisconsin courts have implemented videoconferencing of incarcerated defendants and remote videoconferencing of interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency on a limited basis. In the coming year, they plan to implement an enhanced caseflow management program.
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