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The Evolution of a NationHow Geography and Law Shaped the American States$
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Daniel Berkowitz and Karen B. Clay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691136042

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691136042.001.0001

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Legislatures and Courts

Legislatures and Courts

(p.169) Chapter 6 Legislatures and Courts
The Evolution of a Nation

Daniel Berkowitz

Karen B. Clay

Princeton University Press

This chapter furthers the previous chapter's discussion by examining how colonial legal origin and political competition have shaped the funding of state courts. State judicial budgets are set by the state executive and legislative branches as part of a regular state budget exercise. Judicial budgets are used to pay for staff, facilities, and other resources such as professional experts who can evaluate complex cases, as well as judicial salaries. The powers that governors and legislators have to shape judicial budgets serve as reasonable and useful checks on the judicial branch. However, governors and state legislatures may also use their power in setting judicial budgets to inappropriately influence judicial rulings.

Keywords:   state courts, political competition, courts, judicial budgets, state budgets, state legislatures

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