Decimated Budgets, Judges as Conveners, and Bloody Judicial Elections: The State Courts in 2008

Budget crises associated with the general economic downturn overshadowed other issues confronting the state courts. Judicial branches developed objective measures of their efficiency, accessibility, and fairness to demonstrate their accountability for how public funds are spent. Courts also helped lead interbranch efforts to confront problems like mortgage foreclosures and child abuse and neglect.

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About the Author
David Rottman is principal court research consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). His current research concerns judicial selection, public opinion on the courts, the evolution of court structures, and problemsolving courts. Rottman also is the NCSC coordinator of the Election Law Program established jointly by the NCSC and the William & Mary School of Law. He is the author of books on community courts, social inequity, and modern Ireland. Rottman has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and previously worked at the Economic and Social Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

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