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Court Funding News

March 13, 2015

In California, a state that saw dramatic cuts to court funding during the recession, the impact on residents’ access to justice still is being felt — especially in the civil courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab

July 22, 2014

"[M]any of our state court systems are so poorly funded that they are at a tipping point of dysfunction,” concluded a white paper issued by DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar about the economics of court funding. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 2, 2014

A 2014 budget bill passed by Congress at least temporarily halted the bleeding for federal courts from funding cuts, but the harm remains, Praveen Fernandes of JAS told Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. See Gavel Grab for more.

March 21, 2014

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says her state faces a civil rights crisis due to nearly a half billion dollars in court funding budget cuts since 2008. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

February 13, 2014

California’s courts have sunk so far into a fiscal hole  after repeated rounds of budget cuts that some of their most ardent defenders say the courts are "rationing justice." For more, visit Gavel Grab

January 23, 2014

Unless the Kansas legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback appropriate more money for the state courts, there will be court shutdowns, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said. See Gavel Grab for details. 

January 2, 2014

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. warned that  across-the-board budget cuts were poised to “pose a genuine threat to public safety,” and he said the ability of the federal courts to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public was imperiled. Read Gavel Grab for more.

October 22, 2013

If a budget impasse is not resolved and a government shutdown is repeated next year, a federal judge said, it is likely to have “a serious affect on our ability to dispense justice for everyday Americans.” Read Gavel Grab for more.

October 17, 2013

A stopgap measure will provide $51 million in additional funds for the federal judiciary and for defender services. JAS welcomed it but said the sum is "nowhere near" what the courts need. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

October 10, 2013

If the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on into late next week, the federal courts now have enough fee balances to keep operating through Oct. 17. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

October 3, 2013

Praveen Fernandes of Justice at Stake warned that depending on the duration of a government shutdown, "as employees are furloughed and case backlogs mount, access to justice will be harmed." See Gavel Grab for more.

September 18, 2013

Justice at Stake and 26 other nonpartisan organizations have asked Congress to make a priority of restoring adequate funding for the federal courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

September 17, 2013

Today, Justice at Stake, along with 26 other nonpartisan groups that support fair courts and civil rights sent a letter urging Congress to provide proper resources for the federal judiciary.

September 10, 2013

A veteran federal trial judge said the across-the-board cuts called sequestration are raising costs for taxpayers and potentially making us less safe. Gavel Grab has details.

August 6, 2013

In the small town of Coalinga, Calif., on the corner of 6th and Elm streets, the Fresno County Superior Court's old courthouse is still. Inside, veteran police Lt. Darren Blevins gestures inside an empty courtroom.

August 5, 2013

Nationally, the public defenders service is facing a 23 percent cut, and Minnesota's Federal Defender, Katherian Roe, said she would probably have to cut her office's staff from 18 people to 10, a 45 percent cut, to be able to continue to pay for rent and other fixed costs.

August 4, 2013

North Texas attorneys who defend the indigent in federal court have been forced to take between 12 and 15 furlough days during the past four months because of sequestration cuts.

August 1, 2013

Today, however, sequestration and other devastating budget cuts to federal defender offices threaten to eviscerate this lauded program.

August 1, 2013

The ABA warns in a letter to a U.S. senator that budget cuts to public defender offices imposed by sequestration are “creating a marked imbalance in our justice system.”

July 31, 2013

Federal Public Defender Brian Kornbrath is at ease representing criminal defendants in a courtroom, showing moxie, a cool demeanor and a sound knowledge of the law.

July 31, 2013

The federal sequestration that took effect earlier this year promises to have a devastating impact on their ability to prosecute violent criminals, child-sex predators and terrorists.

July 30, 2013

Federal sequester cuts are leading to bottlenecks in the court system and even delaying some cases. The move could end up costing taxpayers more in the long run.

July 29, 2013

Miriam Conrad, who leads the federal public defenders office for the districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, joined WBUR to talk about the impact of the sequester. She says the cuts could force her office to lay off between 25 and 35 percent of its staff, in about a month.

July 26, 2013

 Forced federal spending cuts are reportedly slashing the number of public defenders working at federal courts in California.

July 24, 2013

Public defenders and their advocates told a Senate panel Tuesday that the budget cuts known as sequestration are taking heavy toll on legal representation for the poor, causing delays and lengthy furloughs that could worsen next year.



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