Court Furloughs or Cuts to the Justice System?

NHInsider received the following email. Interesting proposition for sure but like most government agencies do the courts build little ‘fiefdoms’? Why would someone in an agency like Law Enforcement propose a system that makes their role smaller? Makes their agency littler? Makes their budget less?

Editors Note: We left the spelling error ‘civdis’ because we weren’t certain it was a mistake or an acronym for Civil Disobedience.


Today’s news included references to state cuts in the “justice” system that include closed courts and furloughed employees (only a few days, unfortunately). This seems to be a good opportunity to remind the common folk that if the courts would stop arresting, jailing, and persecuting people engaged in voluntary, victimless behavior, we could permanently lay off some functionaries and cut tens of millions of dollars in state spending.

If you and your supporters can write, call, post, etc. about this obvious solution to a now-apparent problem, it might help legitimize and gain support for civdis activities and point out the gun in the room. My 2 cents.


From the article: 

NH courts to take a 3-day furlough

The furlough, which the New Hampshire Supreme Court announced yesterday, includes nearly all of the 101 judges and marital masters. The 78 courts will close April 2, April 30 and May 28.

All hearings and trials on those days will be rescheduled. Courts will operate on furlough days for emergency proceedings, situations like domestic violence restraining orders, emergency placement of juveniles, and certain arraignments.

As administrator of courts, Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. has tentatively marked six additional dates in 2010 and five dates in 2011 for furlough days, if the judiciary needs to do more to achieve its spending reduction.

The $3.1 million cut is part of a $25 million personnel reduction mandated by the Legislature in the current two-year state budget.