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State Court Cost-Cutting Measures

December 7, 2020

As state and local governments have been forced to address the operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic they have also been forced to address the financial impacts. Court systems throughout the U.S. have also been affected as well.

In October 2020 a survey was conducted of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) to measure the effects of the pandemic on court systems.  Fifty-one of 56 jurisdictions completed the survey, providing a robust baseline data set and a comprehensive view of recent actions taken by state court administrative offices as well as local courts. The points below show the findings of actions taken between March and October 2020.

  • 61% of reporting jurisdictions (31/51) reported implementing hiring freezes
  • 27% (14/51) reported freezing salaries
  • 16% (8/51) reported furloughs
  • 8% (4/51 reported layoffs off court employees

Detailed results of the survey plus other news and information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state court budgets can be found at the newly revised Budget Resource Center

NCSC's Budget Resource Center offers:

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For more information on this or other topics impacting state courts, contact or call 800-616-6164.