Budgeting for State Courts: The Perceptions of Key Officials Regarding the Determinants of Budget Success

The Justice System Journal, Vol. 24, pp. 251-263, 2003

14 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Roger E. Hartley

University of Baltimore

James W. Douglas

University of South Carolina

Date Written: June, 15 2009

Abstract

While much has been made of the financial crisis affecting state courts in the early 2000s, there has been little research on court budgeting and the politics that affect it, especially concerning factors that lead to budgetary success. In this study we assess the determinants of budget success for state courts by examining the perceptions of key state budget actors. We argue that courts tend to behave conservatively in the budget process and made need to be behave more politically. Behaving acquistively, providing realistic requests, and justifying funding needs will enable courts to increase funding in the short term. In the long-term, courts should act more aggressively to improve relations with legislative and executive branch officials.

Keywords: state courts, judicial independence, budget politics, appropriations, inter-branch relations, lobbying

Suggested Citation

Hartley, Roger E. and Douglas, James W., Budgeting for State Courts: The Perceptions of Key Officials Regarding the Determinants of Budget Success (June, 15 2009). The Justice System Journal, Vol. 24, pp. 251-263, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1420318

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James W. Douglas

University of South Carolina ( email )

Government and International Studies
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United States
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