Who pays for justice? : perspectives on state court system financing and governance / Geoffrey McGovern, Michael D. Greenberg
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- 1. Introduction: why study state judicial funding? -- 2. State court system financing and accounting show significant variations -- 3: State court governance: autonomy and flexibility can mitigate the effects of fiscal crises -- 4. Conclusions and going forward -- Appendix: Interview protocol.
Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Preface; RAND Institute for Civil Justice; Contents; Figure; Tables; Summary; Key Findings; State and County Revenue Streams Vary Widely; Funded Services Vary Between State Courts; How State Courts Spend Fee Revenue Varies Significantly; State Court Systems Vary in Their Flexibility to Carry Forward Resources or Revenue; Line Items and Fund Allocation Vary Between Systems; Disclosure Differs Greatly Between Systems; Governance Models Vary Significantly; Recommendations for Further Inquiry; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations.
1. Introduction: Why Study State Judicial Funding?Introduction; Previous RAND Research Indicates That State Court Budgets and Financing Methods Warrant Further Research; Research Approach; Organization of This Report; 2. State Court System Financing and Accounting Show Significant Variations; Introduction; Theoretical Approaches to Court System Financing; Financial Anatomy 1: State Versus County Revenue Streams and Administration; Financial Anatomy 2: What Categories of Services Are Paid for as a Formal Part of the State Court System?; Financial Anatomy 3: Fee Revenue Versus Tax Revenue.
How Much Flexibility Do State Court Systems Have to Carry Forward Resources or Revenue from One Time Period to Another?How Many Line Items Are in the Budget for the General Fund-Financed Court Systems?; Who Records State Court System Accounting Information, and What Information Is Being Reported?; Discussion; 3. State Court Governance: Autonomy and Flexibility Can Mitigate the Effects of Fiscal Crises; Introduction; Theoretical Approaches to Court System Governance; Governance Anatomy 1: Deciding Who Decides; Governance Anatomy 2: Legislative Influence.
Governance Anatomy 3: State System Versus County DynamicsDiscussion; 4. Conclusions and Going Forward; Recommendations for Further Inquiry; Appendix: Interview Protocol; Discussion Topics; Financing Revenue; Financing Expenditures; Accounting Practice and Data; Finance and Accounting Strengths and Targets for Improvement; General Questions About State Court System Financing; Other Background Questions; References.
- RAND Corporation researchers surveyed experts from five states that use a variety of approaches to funding state court systems to assess financing, accounting, and governance issues under various systems.
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