- Funding Justice: Strategies and Messages for Restoring Court Funding, 2013. This guide includes research-tested recommendations on the best ways to talk about court funding and to get traction with decision makers and the public.
- Economic Impact of Reduced Judiciary Funding and Resulting Delays in State Civil Litigation, Micronomics, Inc. March, 2012.
- Florida. "The Economic Impacts of Delays in Civil Trials in Florida's State Courts Due to Under-Funding." The Washington Economics Group, Inc. February 9, 2010.
- Iowa. "The Impact of Budget Cuts on Justice." Iowa Judicial Branch. January 13, 2010.
- LA, California. Roy Weinstein and Stevan Porter. "Economic Impact on the County of Los Angeles and the State of California of Funding Cutbacks Affecting the Los Angeles Superior Court." Micronomics, Inc. December 2009.
- Daniel J. Hall, State and Local Government Budget Trends, 2017 (draft). As the fiscal health of the courts is directly tied to the fiscal health of state and local governments, it is crucial to examine the emerging and existing budget trends for those institutions. This resource provides a summary of findings from the end of 2017.
- Daniel J. Hall & Greg Langham, Justice Partner Communication Strategies, 2017 - a presentation for County Board members on behalf of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County, Illinois. This resource can be helpful as an example to courts looking to work productively with their funding authorities. The presentation (summary here) and resulting discussions helped to enhance understanding between the various levels of local governing branches, and provided an opportunity to identify and discuss judicial operational concerns related to trending events, budgetary impacts, and possible resource needs for the future.
- Riggert, Beth, Controlling the Message in Times of Court Challenges, Trends in State Courts, 2017.
- Judicial Branch Wages So Low, One Court Resorts to Food Pantry for Employees, 2017. This is a link to a National Public Radio news article which discusses court staff employee wages below the federal poverty level.
- Swetnam, Nancy, Guide to Funding Options for Court Facilities, Arizona Supreme Court, 2014.
- Grant, Hon. Glenn A., Thirty-Sixth District Court of Michigan in and for the City of Detroit: Special Operational Review, NCSC, 2013.
- De Muniz, Paul, Judge (Ret.), Maintaining Institutional Independence: Funding Sustainable State Courts During Economic Crisis, NCSC, 2013.
- Yates, Andrew W., Using Inherent Judicial Powers in a State Level Budget Disputes, Duke Law Journal, 2013.
- Daniel J. Hall & Lee Suskin, Responding to the Crisis–-Reengineering Court Governance and Structure, New England Law Review, 2013. This Article provides recent examples of state court systems that have dramatically and successfully re-engineered their operations. Additionally, it discusses how the Principles for Judicial Administration can guide state court leaders and legislators as they work to ensure that courts serve all who enter their doors seeking justice.
- State Budgets Are Back in the Black, for Now, June 1, 2013. While the fiscal picture is brightening around the country, with many states expecting surpluses this year after years of deficits and wrenching budget crises, mounting Medicaid costs and underfunded retirement promises are continuing to cloud their long-term outlook.
- Sparks Civil Service Commission v. Sparks Municipal Court, May 30, 2013. The Nevada Supreme Court held that municipalities are barred from with municipal court's control over personnel decisions based on the separation of powers doctrine.
- California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, Opinion 2013-001, Judges soliciting attorneys to encourage legislators to provide appropriate funding to the courts. March 25, 2013.
- Justice system employment and percent distribution of full-time equivalent employment, by state and type of government, Bureau of Justice Statistics, March 2011 (preliminary)
- Daniel J. Hall, Principles for Judicial Administration: Governance, Case Administration, Essential Functions and Funding, 2010 (draft). This report summarizes a set of principles relating to courts’ essential functions, governance structures, administrative operations, and funding that can be used by courts, both at the state and local levels, as they seek to restructure court services and secure adequate funding.
Opinion research on court funding
Funding Justice: Strategies and Messages for Restoring Court Funding contains important lessons, some of them counter-intuitive, about how people view the courts and their funding needs. It explains how to tell the story of the courts, and why they matter, in an era when the public is very focused on government austerity. It includes a section on working with budget policymakers, based on interviews conducted around the country.
Funding principles and budget management
Principles for Judicial Administration is intended to serve as a unifying document for all principles courts can follow to deal with budget cuts. It is clear that these principles are interdependent. The first two sets of principles, which address governance and decision-making and case administration, are foundations that courts need in place to manage their resources efficiently and effectively.
ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System
The ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System was established to address the budget cuts to state courts. Throughout the past few years, the ABA Task force has held press conferences to discuss this significant issue.