Center for Law and Economic Studies
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.
Michael J. Graetz,
Trusting the Courts: Redressing the State Court Funding Crisis,
Daedalus, Vol. 143, No. 3, p. 96, 2014; Columbia Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper No. 14-394; Columbia University School of Law, The Center for Law & Economic Studies Working Paper No. 485
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