Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb says the state’s court system can’t operate on the $138.9 million allocated to them in the separate budgets that have passed the Alabama House and Senate. She wouldn’t rule out the possibility that the state’s judges might go to court to force the Legislature to increase funding for the judicial system. Going to court was given as an option because the Alabama Constitution requires “adequate” funding of the courts. Any decision to go to court would have to be made by all nine Supreme Court justices. The Chief Justice made it clear that taking the Legislature to court would not be her preference. But the courts’ funding crisis concerns all Alabamians and is a most serious matter.
Source: Associated Press
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