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 www.ncsc.org/brc
NCSC's Budget Resource Center offers:
- recent statistical snapshots of the fiscal reality of courts across the nation, showing how courts have adapted over the course of the economic downturn;
- tools, like our public-opinion research on court funding and guide to funding principles, that can intelligently inform court budget management, analysis, and strategy; and
- timely updates on funding news.
For more information on this or other topics impacting state courts, contact Knowledge@ncsc.org or call 800-616-6164.