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  ....or many years, the U nhied Staies federal and state court systems haeve hen, under
  ,   attack hror. ever-iracreasin,. budgt cuts, resuitin in a crisis of severe ud.runding.
  .5. Tbis a tderfandi til to thteatens the ability of ou courls to provxic access tojustie not
only for the protection of our constitutional rignts, but also for the day-to-day resolution
of crnina, cll, and dolrestc relations naiatters. ]ndeed, tIhC ontinecI exstec of Many
recent itovTe progratns that havne proven successful in reducing court backlogs ---- Sch
as drag courts, diversion progrus, and ]ommcia1 dockets-is nowm in question.
   While most voters bame, court backlog:.  whit e     etee as excessive litigation
or iegal maneu, vering, they fail to understand the sigmificant impact that inadequate court
furinig b1 had, not only (X Court dei a)s, bit also 111 thejudlbi brIanc}', abilty to l erorm
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     Gregory M. Cesarano and Richard W. Morefield Jr.


           . attorneys wse  -ae witessed the effects of ti.e Gr.at Recession and the
    4..\  tSIItng 0,, of tax revenues to states, and we hav  c  hbc as the courts of
  .I .iost states became easy .,argets of budget cuts. Althougin_ our courts occup a
  u1nqaue role inl oar y slem of governrnt.I by deliverrg justice, prote:,tig irdividua
  rights, and redressing abuses ot poIer, the reducton in funding has concomitantly
  restricted tOe publics access to these funda mental constitutional protections. Although
  rnos,! state court trial judges ate elected th61 , and the courts whchere ,ie; serve, do not
  have an offi   constituency to charpion the benefts of a fair, impartial, and nde-
  petdent judociary an  to adv ocate for full fal nding  o be cute, the j  ,,ciar is not a
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