Trusting the Courts: Redressing the State Court Funding Crisis
Daedalus 143 (3) (Summer, 2014, Forthcoming)
11 Pages Posted: 10 May 2014 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: May 8, 2014
In recent years, state courts have suffered serious funding reductions that have threatened their ability to resolve criminal and civil cases in a timely fashion. Proposals for addressing this state court funding crisis have emphasized public education and the creation of coalitions to influence state legislatures. These strategies are unlikely to succeed, however, and new institutional arrangements are necessary. Dedicated state trust funds using specific state revenue sources to fund courts offer the most promise for adequate and stable state court funding.
Keywords: courts, state courts, court funding, court financing, state trust funds, court funding crisis
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