In order to determine the amount of funding required to stabilize court system funding, a
needs assessment was undertaken which included the following actions.
Starting with the court system’s existing base budget, a total funding need
was calculated for all jurisdictions and all elements of the branch including
those related to adjudication, due process, governance, and infrastructure
A total funding need was also calculated for certain initiatives that are not
presently in the court’s budget, such as self-help services, in order to
address unresolved or unfunded issues from the implementation of the
2004 constitutional amendment that resulted in budgetary unification.
The total funding need was calculated, where possible, for each element
based on institutionalized methodologies that have been used for several
years to justify the need for resources. The following link provides a more
in-depth description of the funding methodologies.
The total funding need was calculated at a reasonable level defined as an
acceptable amount of funding that allows for quality case processing and
quality service provision. Both the impact of the budget cuts and
insufficient funding levels experienced over the last several years were
Pay plan adjustments, based on a consultant’s study, were incorporated
into the total funding need calculation of existing and new positions to
address the equitable treatment of court system employees. For a more
in-depth description of the pay proposal, please click here. The following
link provides a more in-depth description of the Pay Proposal.