The nation's courts -- already dealing with financial hurt -- are bracing for the possibility of still more budget woes, which scholars say could cause fundamental alterations in the justice system. Particularly worrisome this year is that Congress is considering a hard freeze, holding appropriations for all nondefense, nonhomeland security operations at fiscal year 2004 levels. If that happens, said one judge, the courts, already "on the brink of a fiscal abyss," will "plunge over the precipice."
Courts on the Edge of Financial Crisis
The National Law Journal
November 12, 2004