Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Painful" budget cuts coming to New York courts; last minute deal may save Florida from same fate

Two stories here. The first is from New York courtesy of the New York Law Journal:

Cuts imposed on the courts in the new state budget are "unprecedented" and will do "great harm" to the system, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman yesterday told judges and court employees in a Web address. "The most painful cuts, I regret to say, will be in the continued reduction of our already depleted work force. While we have not yet determined the exact number of court system layoffs that will be necessary, it will undoubtedly be a very significant number across the broad range of administrative and court operations."

You can read more here as well as watch a video of Judge Lippman's address.

The second story comes to us from Florida via

Chief Justice Charles Canady and Gov. Rick Scott's Office have agreed on a plan to loan money from reserves to Florida's court system to avoid furloughs and curtailing some legal services through May.

Wednesday's agreement will cover part of a $72.3 million shortfall in court funding blamed on a sharp drop in mortgage foreclosure filing fees.

The remaining shortfall through the end of the budget year on June 30 will be covered through a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature that wasn't part of Canady's loan request.

Final details and the exact amount of the loan were not immediately available.

The shortfall is temporary as foreclosure filings are expected to increase in the next budget year.


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