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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011
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News from the courts

Court closures move forward

Yesterday Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan filed, with the legislature, a statutorily required report on Court Relocations. Click here to read the report. This report marks the beginning of the 90 day notice period required by Chapter 68 of the Acts of 2011. The report outlines the work of the Court Relocation Committee and the fiscal climate of the Trial Court that necessitates court closings.

The Trial Court's FY12 appropriation of $519.9 million is far below the FY09 appropriation of $605 million. The Trial Court has taken unprecedented cost savings measures since the fiscal crisis began. Implementing a hiring freeze in 2007, the Trial Court has lost 1,141 staff. The trial court has also realized cost savings from lease terminations and renegotiations.

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