AOC Pay Raises Hurt Courts

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Below is a copy of an opinion piece published by columnist Lois Henry. Her article reveals the depth of public concern over the failure of the Judicial Council and AOC to make open and accessible trial courts the highest priority of the judicial branch.

The article highlights the Alliance proposal to redirect funds from statewide programs that was first introduced during budget discussions in May. Addressing a proposal by the Judicial Council to allow for $150 million of borrowing by the trial courts, Alliance President Judge Steve White stated in his appearance before the legislative budget committee, “If there is $150 million within the budget for the trial courts to borrow, then there is $150 million at least to redistribute.”

Two documents will help you evaluate this proposal. One is our own summary of some budgeted funds that we think need reevaluation for possible redirection to trial court operations. The…

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