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Budget and Finance

One of the primary functions of the Office of Court Administrator is to obtain adequate financial resources for judicial operations and to manage these resources. These functions are met with fiscal personnel consisting of a director of budget and finance and accounting and technical staff. With the assistance of fiscal staff, the various judicial budgets are developed for funding consideration by the Legislature. The Supreme Court budget request is developed with input from judicial staff and district court judges.

A monitoring function is carried out on a monthly basis with an analysis of the budget and preparation of status reports after the monthly payroll and other expenditures have been processed. Guidance for approval of various expenditures is found in budgetary policies.

The state general fund supports the Supreme Court, the District Court Council, district court expenses in the 22 judicial districts, the Water Court, expenses for indigent defense and some civil jury expenses in the clerk of district court offices. The Workers' Compensation Court is state funded outside of the Supreme Court's budget. The counties and municipalities they serve fund courts of limited jurisdiction.