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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Courts - "Budget Cuts Imperil Federal Court System, Roberts Says"

Adam Liptak's story in the NY Times begins:

Budget cuts have imperiled the ability of the federal court system to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote on Tuesday in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary. He said the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration had taken a disproportionate toll on the federal court system and were poised to “pose a genuine threat to public safety.”

Unlike federal agencies, the chief justice said, the federal courts do not have discretionary programs they can postpone or eliminate, “because virtually all of their core functions are constitutionally and statutorily required.”

Chief Justice Roberts said the judicial branch had worked to reduce its costs for almost a decade, “long before the talk of fiscal cliffs and sequestration came into vogue.” This included, he said, restraints on courthouse construction and hiring.

The story includes a link to the 2013 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.

Tony Mauro has a story in the Blog of Legal Times.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 1, 2014 10:54 AM
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