House Republican Leaders Praise Judicial Branch for Efforts to Modernize and Add Efficiency to Court System

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today praised the work of the Judicial Branch for coming up with efficiency savings ideas and innovation for the state’s courts.  As a result of these efforts, the House budget for the Judiciary will include $3 million more over the biennium than the Governor’s proposed budget to implement the recommendations of the Court Innovation Commission and House Bill 609.  These funds will be available to the Judicial Branch, though they will be subject to Fiscal Committee approval to ensure that they meet the innovation goals of the Commission.


“New Hampshire citizens deserve to have access to their courts and speedy justice.  State taxpayers also deserve to know that their taxes are being spent efficiently on core government functions, like the judicial system.  We believe that we have found a solution that solves both issues at the same time,” said Speaker O’Brien.


“This is just one example of the creative thinking that is necessary in dealing with the $1 billion deficit left to us by the Democrats.  I applaud the members of the Judicial Branch for working with the House to come up with efficient ways to save taxpayer dollars.  The people of this state sent us to Concord to return fiscal sanity to state government and this is a step in the right direction,” said Rep. Bettencourt.


“The Judiciary was unique in Division I of the House Finance Committee by coming forward with a well thought out plan to re-engineer how they do business that will save taxpayers tens of million of dollars in the future.  For that reason, they are only part of the Division I budget that will see its budget go up in a very difficult budget season.  At the same time, it will mean that the public will have far better access to the courts.  Chief Justice Dalianis has assured me that with this budget, we will see an end to the furloughs that have shut down our court system,” added O’Brien