April 13, 2012

Joint Statement of Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland and Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan

The House Ways & Means Committee budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2013 issued earlier this week includes $554.6 million in Trial Court funding. Today the Trial Court filed amendments requesting an additional $14 million and seeking full transferability. Full transferability would provide greater management flexibility, which is necessary to ensure the effective use of limited resources.

Although the funding level recommended by the House is less than we hoped for, it is still early in the budget process. We will continue to work closely with House and Senate leaders in the weeks ahead to improve Trial Court funding for Fiscal Year 2013.