University of Denver

New Publication Offers Funding Recommendations to State Courts

IAALS Intern

The National Center for State Courts and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government recently published a paper, "Keeping Courts Funded: Recommendations on How Courts Can Avoid the Budget Axe", which offers a perspective on how state courts can more effectively argue for sufficient funding by approaching the budgetary process proactively, effectively, and humbly. This publication offers 16 specific recommendations, the major themes of which are to understand the state political climate, develop relationships with key individuals and groups, develop coherent communication strategies, and be engaging during the budgetary process. The authors hope the recommendations will help courts develop individual frameworks for their advocacy efforts.