Budget Cuts for State Courts Risk Rights, Critics Say – NYTimes.com

Budget Cuts for State Courts Risk Rights, Critics Say – NYTimes.com.

Critics Say Budget Cuts for Courts Risk Rights

NASHUA, N.H. — For years, state courts across the nation have been scraping by on the support they get from state and local government budgets. Since the financial crisis of 2008, those budgets have been tightened in new ways that are being felt in courthouses and communities across the country.

“The justice system’s funding has been decreasing in constant dollars for at least two decades,” said David Boies, co-chairman of a commission formed by the American Bar Association to study court budget issues. “We are now at the point where funding failures are not merely causing inconvenience, annoyances and burdens; the current funding failures are resulting in the failure to deliver basic justice.”

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