Last Friday, the state’s Office of Court Administration (OCA) submitted its proposed 2014-2015 budget request. OCA has requested $1.81 billion for general fund operations, a $44.23 million (2.5%) increase over the current fiscal year. This would be the first increase in five years.
According to Judge Prudenti, it would “allow courts to maintain their current staffing levels, and fill a limited number of positions that are critical to operations,” and “ensure that courtrooms can remain open to the public until 5 pm each day.”
OCA’s budget request indicates that the Judiciary has nearly $22 million less in spending in the current fiscal year than it had in the 2009-10 fiscal year. In our view, this is good news. Let’s hope that they continue to hold the line on spending, and other state agencies do as well.