Report of the Executive Committee on the Impact of Recent Budget Cuts in New York State Court Funding

Source: New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), January 2012

Although courthouse architecture historically has inspired confidence in our court system, adequate funding is essential at the present time to rebuild an eroded sense of public confidence. The impact of reductions in funding for New York State courts during the 2011-2012 year has been substantially harmful and far-reaching.

• First, the courts are less efficient, and judicial decision making is less expedient…
• Second, the need to provide justice to all, particularly to the disadvantaged – though greater than ever in this economic downturn – is not being met…
• Third, the courts’ ability to protect and serve the public has been negatively impacted…

In all of these ways, recent reductions in state court funding have been quite costly. Although state fiscal constraints are very real in this economy, additional and imminent investment in the state court system is necessary. It is necessary to restore a sense of confidence in the judicial system, which ultimately is priceless.
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Source: Jennifer Smith, Wall Street Journal, Law Blog, February 9, 2012

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