Court Budget Woes
State budget woes haven’t been limited to the executive and legislative branches of state government. In most states, the court system has had to make cuts. The most popular remedy for court systems is a freezing of salaries—43 states used that mechanism. Thirty-seven states have delayed filling vacancies in judicial support positions; 35 states have delayed filling vacancies in clerks’ offices; 33 states have delayed filling judicial vacancies; and 31 states have laid off staff. Only North Dakota has not taken any of the 15 measures other states have used, while Illinois, West Virginia and Wyoming have just used one of the methods to reduce costs.